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Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings fell $2.67 (-6.7%) to $37.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,396,480 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,232,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.95-$40.41 after having opened the day at $40.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.70. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 19.8%, Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), down 9.2%, Marine Petroleum ( MARPS), down 8.5% and Bay Bancorp ( BYBK), down 8.0%.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Central Valley Community Bancorp ( CVCY), up 20.9%, China Fund ( CHN), up 15.7%, Firstbank Corp Michigan ( FBMI), up 12.3% and Value Line ( VALU), up 12.1% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Capital One Financial ( COF) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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