Aon Plc (AON): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Aon plc ( AON) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Aon plc rose $0.89 (1.1%) to $84.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,613,043 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,450,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.65-$84.41 after having opened the day at $82.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.43. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: J.W. Mays ( MAYS), up 20.5%, Patriot National Bancorp ( PNBK), up 14.0%, Stewart Information Services ( STC), up 14.0% and Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares ( NUGT), up 11.3%.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon plc has a market cap of $25.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares ( DUST), down 12.6%, Manning & Napier ( MN), down 9.2%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 8.2% and PowerShares DB Base Metals Short ETN ( BOS), down 7.2% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN) 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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