Capital One Financial Corp (COF): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Capital One Financial ( COF) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Capital One Financial fell $1.36 (-2.0%) to $67.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,995,746 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,333,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $67.87-$69.03 after having opened the day at $69.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.29. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 26.5%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 10.0%, Intergroup Corporation ( INTG), down 9.3% and Pathfinder Bancorp ( PBHC), down 8.9%.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $40.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), up 69.2%, Altis Resident ( RESI), up 29.3%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 19.1% and Universal Insurance Holdings ( UVE), up 8.4% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Liberty Property ( LRY) 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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