HCP Inc (HCP): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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HCP ( HCP) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, HCP fell $0.66 (-1.6%) to $41.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,311,188 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,071,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.83-$41.87 after having opened the day at $41.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.66. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: NTS Realty Holdings ( NLP), down 13.0%, HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), down 11.2%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 8.2% and Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 7.4%.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Tower Financial Corporation ( TOFC), up 45.3%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Silver ETN S&P GS ( DSLV), up 9.2%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 8.4% and Tiptree Financial ( CVTR), up 7.0% , were all gainers within the financial sector with JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) 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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