XL Group PLC (XL): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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XL Group ( XL) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, XL Group rose $0.35 (1.2%) to $29.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,751,219 shares of XL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,090,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.80-$29.30 after having opened the day at $28.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.88. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Credit Suisse ( USLV), up 13.6%, US Global Investors ( GROW), up 11.8%, Macro Bank ( BMA), up 11.7% and Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), up 10.2%.

XL GROUP Public Limited Company, through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and reinsurance coverages to industrial, commercial, and professional firms, as well as insurance companies and other enterprises worldwide. XL Group has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate XL Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates XL Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 32.7%, Credit Suisse ( DSLV), down 13.6%, Zillow ( Z), down 10.0% and ProShs II:UlS Silver ( ZSL), down 9.1% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Blackstone Group ( BX) 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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