Lincoln National Corp (Radnor PA) (LNC): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor rose $0.83 (1.7%) to $50.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,073,333 shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,047,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.18-$50.04 after having opened the day at $49.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.18. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: United Fire Group ( UFCS), up 15.1%, VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN ( UGAZ), up 12.0%, Market Vectors MSCI Emerging Markets Qualit ( QEM), up 10.3% and PowerShares DB Base Metals Short ETN ( BOS), up 10.0%.

Lincoln National Corporation (LNC) is a holding company engaged in multiple insurance and investment management businesses through its subsidiaries. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National Corp (Radnor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 55.8%, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 21.9%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN ( DGAZ), down 11.5% and National Security Group ( NSEC), down 11.3% , were all laggards within the financial sector with W. P. Carey ( WPC) 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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