Genworth Financial Inc (GNW): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Genworth Financial ( GNW) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Genworth Financial rose $0.40 (2.8%) to $14.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 15,221,565 shares of Genworth Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,352,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.62-$15.39 after having opened the day at $15.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.53. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), up 30.9%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 9.8%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 8.0% and Carver Bancorp ( CARV), up 7.6%.

Genworth Financial, Inc., a financial services company, provides insurance, wealth management, investment, and financial solutions in the United States and internationally. The company's U.S. Genworth Financial has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Genworth Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genworth Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 24.4%, Credit Suisse ( UGAZ), down 11.0%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 9.2% and Atlanticus Holdings ( ATLC), down 8.4% , were all laggards within the financial sector with T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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