Credicorp Ltd (BAP): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Credicorp ( BAP) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Credicorp rose $1.49 (1.2%) to $130.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 591,845 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 448,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $128.35-$132.63 after having opened the day at $129.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $129.00. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 13.8%, American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), up 10.1%, ICG Group ( ICGE), up 9.1% and CKX Lands ( CKX), up 8.4%.

Credicorp Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services primarily in Peru, the Cayman Islands, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Panama. It operates in four segments: Banking, Insurance, Pension Funds, and Investment Banking. Credicorp has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), down 7.8%, Citizens ( CIA), down 7.8%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 7.4% and GFI Group ( GFIG), down 6.4% , were all laggards within the financial sector with ACE ( ACE) 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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