Capital One Financial Corp (COF): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Capital One Financial ( COF) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Capital One Financial fell $0.97 (-1.4%) to $70.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,768,835 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,986,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $70.57-$71.78 after having opened the day at $71.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.54. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 24.6%, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 23.9%, First Niagara Financial Group ( FNFG), down 12.2% and Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 11.6%.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $41.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Credit Suisse ( UGAZ), up 23.7%, C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index TR ETN ( CVOL), up 17.3%, Barclays Short B Leveraged Inverse S&P 500 ( BXDB), up 16.7% and Credit Suisse ( TVIX), up 16.6%.

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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