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

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Radian Group ( RDN) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Radian Group rose $0.28 (2.1%) to $13.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,839,071 shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,166,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.28-$13.92 after having opened the day at $13.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.46. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), up 24.5%, Altisource Asset Management Corporation ( AAMC), up 18.4%, Eastern Insurance Holdings ( EIHI), up 15.4% and GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 12.4%.

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 124.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 negative front, Severn Bancorp ( SVBI), down 8.0%, Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 6.4%, First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), down 6.0% and Arbor Realty ( ABR), down 5.5% , 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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