Huntington Bancshares Inc (HBAN): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Huntington ( HBAN) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Huntington rose $0.16 (1.8%) to $9.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,719,583 shares of Huntington exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,763,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.96-$9.15 after having opened the day at $8.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.95. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 14.1%, Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 13.9%, JGWPT Holdings Inc Class A ( JGW), up 10.6% and PowerShares DB Agriculture Short ETN ( ADZ), up 10.2%.

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated operates as the holding company for The Huntington National Bank that provides commercial, small business, and consumer banking services. Huntington has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Huntington a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huntington as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 11.0%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 10.1%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN ( DGAZ), down 9.7% and Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 9.6% , were all laggards within the financial sector with HCP ( HCP) 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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