Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. (CFR): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Cullen Frost Bankers ( CFR) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Cullen Frost Bankers rose $0.89 (1.3%) to $70.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 416,468 shares of Cullen Frost Bankers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 427,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.66-$70.59 after having opened the day at $69.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.66. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 34.0%, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), up 13.7%, BBX Capital ( BBX), up 10.4% and InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), up 7.4%.

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. operates as the holding company for Frost Bank that offers commercial and consumer banking, and other financial products and services primarily in Texas. The company operates in two segments, Banking and Frost Wealth Advisors. Cullen Frost Bankers has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Cullen Frost Bankers a buy, 6 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cullen Frost Bankers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 11.8%, Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones-Provi ( PVD), down 10.1%, First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), down 7.9% and Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), down 6.6% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Allstate ( ALL) 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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