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Bank of New York Mellon ( BK) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Bank of New York Mellon rose $0.55 (1.8%) to $30.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,636,092 shares of Bank of New York Mellon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,645,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.22-$30.76 after having opened the day at $30.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.19. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 80.4%, QIWI PLC ADR ( QIWI), up 19.2%, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), up 17.6% and IFM Investments ( CTC), up 12.2%.

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation provides various financial products and services worldwide. It operates through Investment Management, Investment Services, and Other segments. Bank of New York Mellon has a market cap of $34.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Bank of New York Mellon a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of New York Mellon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Walker & Dunlop ( WD), down 19.2%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 11.6%, Bancorp of New Jersey ( BKJ), down 10.5% and NTS Realty Holdings ( NLP), down 9.3%.

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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