ACE Ltd (ACE): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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ACE ( ACE) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, ACE fell $1.84 (-1.9%) to $92.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,290,532 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,198,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $92.17-$94.00 after having opened the day at $93.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.13. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: 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%.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $32.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 18.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Credicorp ( BAP) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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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