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

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Credicorp ( BAP) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Credicorp fell $1.65 (-1.3%) to $128.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 482,165 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 342,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $126.91-$130.33 after having opened the day at $129.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $129.88. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Credit Suisse ( UGAZ), down 11.9%, Wayne Savings ( WAYN), down 8.8%, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 8.3% and China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 7.8%.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.1% 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 1 rates 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, eHealth ( EHTH), up 20.7%, SPDR Russell 1000 ETF ( ONEK), up 12.8%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 10.8% and Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT), up 8.8% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Principal Financial Group ( PFG) 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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