Prudential Financial Inc (PRU): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Prudential Financial ( PRU) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Prudential Financial rose $1.01 (1.3%) to $78.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,897,328 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,277,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $77.67-$79.39 after having opened the day at $78.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.80. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 18.5%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 15.3%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 11.1% and Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), up 9.6%.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $36.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 46.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 8.8%, Chatham Lodging ( CLDT), down 6.7%, Tower Group ( TWGP), down 6.7% and Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 6.6% , were all laggards within the financial sector with HDFC Bank ( HDB) being today's financial sector laggard.

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