General Growth Properties Inc (GGP): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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General Growth Properties ( GGP) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, General Growth Properties rose $0.35 (1.8%) to $19.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,594,137 shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,296,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.50-$19.97 after having opened the day at $19.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.56. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), up 18.8%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 13.4%, Altisource Asset Management Corporation ( AAMC), up 13.1% and Tower Group ( TWGP), up 7.0%.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 8.7%, Credit Suisse ( DSLV), down 8.1%, Credit Suisse ( DWTI), down 5.8% and Hawthorn ( HWBK), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB) 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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