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

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Capital One Financial ( COF) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Capital One Financial rose $1.09 (1.7%) to $66.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,728,751 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,748,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.34-$66.48 after having opened the day at $65.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.38. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Homex Development ( HXM), up 19.1%, SP Bancorp ( SPBC), up 10.4%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 9.6% and Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), up 9.2%.

In the first quarter of 2012, COF completed the acquisition of the U.S. business of ING Direct, which added nearly $100 billion in assets to COF's balance sheet. The purchase significantly enhances the organization's deposit gathering capability. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $38.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 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, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 13.9%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 10.6%, ZipRealty ( ZIPR), down 7.2% and Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Hudson City Bancorp ( HCBK) 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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