First Horizon National Corp (FHN): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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First Horizon National ( FHN) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, First Horizon National rose $0.12 (1.1%) to $11.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,379,117 shares of First Horizon National exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,913,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.20-$11.51 after having opened the day at $11.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.16. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: VelocityShares 3x Inverse Silver ETN S&P GS ( DSLV), up 17.2%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), up 11.8%, DNB Financial Corporation ( DNBF), up 8.0% and Guaranty Federal ( GFED), up 7.4%.

First Horizon National Corporation operates as a bank holding company for First Tennessee Bank National Association that provides various financial services in the United States and internationally. First Horizon National has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate First Horizon National a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Horizon National as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Doral Financial ( DRL), down 10.4%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 7.6%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 7.3% and Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation ( SGB), down 6.3% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Boston Properties ( BXP) 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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