Radian Group Inc. (RDN): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Radian Group ( RDN) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Radian Group fell $0.39 (-2.8%) to $13.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,222,740 shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,620,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.35-$13.98 after having opened the day at $13.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.87. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 17.4%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Silver ETN S&P GS ( DSLV), down 8.2%, NTS Realty Holdings ( NLP), down 8.0% and Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), down 7.0%.

Radian Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a credit enhancement company in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Mortgage Insurance and Financial Guaranty. Radian Group has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 127.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Radian Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radian Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Unity Bancorp ( UNTY), up 11.6%, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 10.6%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 9.9% and Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 7.8% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) 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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