Wells Fargo & Co (WFC): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Wells Fargo ( WFC) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Wells Fargo fell $0.60 (-1.3%) to $45.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,797,203 shares of Wells Fargo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,554,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.48-$46.25 after having opened the day at $46.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.13. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 13.2%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN ( DGAZ), down 9.4%, Direxion Daily Russia Bull 3X Shares ( RUSL), down 8.8% and PowerShares DB Agriculture Long ETN ( AGF), down 8.6%.

Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services. Wells Fargo has a market cap of $243.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Wells Fargo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wells Fargo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 33.5%, Equus Total Return ( EQS), up 12.1%, RBS Oil Trendpilot Exchange Traded Notes ( TWTI), up 11.9% and Credit Suisse ( TVIX), up 11.9% , were all gainers within the financial sector with CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL) 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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