Regions Financial Corporation (RF): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Regions Financial Corporation fell $0.14 (-1.3%) to $10.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,512,777 shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,551,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.32-$10.61 after having opened the day at $10.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.55. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 24.7%, Credit Suisse ( UGAZ), down 15.5%, Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 14.4% and Value Line ( VALU), down 9.7%.

Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Business Services, Consumer Services, and Wealth Management. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, QC Holdings ( QCCO), up 18.6%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 18.6%, Oak Valley Bancorp ( OVLY), up 16.5% and Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 15.3% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) 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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