Ameriprise Financial Inc (AMP): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Ameriprise Financial ( AMP) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Ameriprise Financial rose $0.97 (1.1%) to $87.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 810,879 shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,161,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $85.65-$87.92 after having opened the day at $85.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.14. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Anchor Bancorp ( ANCB), up 11.2%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 10.0%, ZipRealty ( ZIPR), up 8.4% and Bank Bradesco ( BBDO), up 8.4%.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 41.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ameriprise Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Credit Suisse ( DOIL), down 21.8%, Landmark Bancorp ( LARK), down 8.1%, Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 8.0% and Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), down 7.7% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Duke Realty ( DRE) 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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