Omega Healthcare Investors Inc. (OHI): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Omega Healthcare Investors rose $0.31 (1.0%) to $30.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 669,988 shares of Omega Healthcare Investors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,187,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.75-$30.20 after having opened the day at $29.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.84. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Crescent Financial ( VSB), up 12.8%, Anchor Bancorp ( ANCB), up 8.7%, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), up 7.0% and Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 6.2%.

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company invests in healthcare facilities, principally long-term healthcare facilities in the United States. Omega Healthcare Investors has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Omega Healthcare Investors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omega Healthcare Investors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Tower Group ( TWGP), down 15.4%, DNB Financial Corporation ( DNBF), down 9.6%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), down 5.3% and Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), down 5.2% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Unum Group ( UNM) 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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