Starwood Property Trust Inc. (STWD): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Starwood Property ( STWD) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Starwood Property rose $0.27 (1.1%) to $25.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,412,453 shares of Starwood Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,268,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.20-$25.71 after having opened the day at $25.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.39. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Tree.com ( TREE), up 22.5%, Fortegra Financial ( FRF), up 10.3%, Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), up 9.6% and Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 8.9%.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. engages in originating, investing in, financing, and managing commercial mortgage loans, other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Starwood Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Pathfinder Bancorp ( PBHC), down 10.2%, Central Federal ( CFBK), down 10.0%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 8.8% and BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas ( LND), down 7.8% , were all laggards within the financial sector with TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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