T. Rowe Price Group (TROW): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, T. Rowe Price Group fell $0.88 (-1.1%) to $76.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,478,142 shares of T. Rowe Price Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,357,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $76.29-$77.86 after having opened the day at $77.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.68. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: 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%.

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm primarily provides its services to individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. T. Rowe Price Group has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate T. Rowe Price Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates T. Rowe Price Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Genworth Financial ( GNW) 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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