Bank Of Montreal (BMO): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Bank of Montreal ( BMO) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Bank of Montreal fell $1.09 (-1.7%) to $62.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 796,440 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 536,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.14-$63.53 after having opened the day at $63.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.41. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), down 17.7%, Citizens First Corporation ( CZFC), down 17.4%, Homex Development ( HXM), down 12.4% and American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 11.6%.

Bank of Montreal, together with its subsidiaries, provides various retail banking, wealth management, and investment banking products and services in North America and internationally. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $41.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Bank of Montreal a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Montreal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive.

On the positive front, Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), up 28.2%, Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), up 12.2%, PSB Holdings ( PSBH), up 10.0% and First Capital Bancorp ( FCVA), up 8.8% , were all gainers within the financial sector with TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) being today's featured financial sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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