W. P. Carey Inc (WPC): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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W. P. Carey ( WPC) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, W. P. Carey fell $0.71 (-1.1%) to $61.77 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,114,934 shares of W. P. Carey exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 603,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $61.50-$62.29 after having opened the day at $62.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.48. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: 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%.

Acquisition Criteria -- property type: office, industrial, manufacturing, warehouse, distribution centers, retail; occupancy: single tenant; purchase price: $6 - $200mm; lease term: minimum of 15 - 20 years; locations: all 50 states as well as stable international makrets. W. P. Carey has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate W. P. Carey a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W. P. Carey as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) 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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