HCP Inc (HCP): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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HCP ( HCP) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, HCP fell $0.73 (-1.9%) to $37.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,441,103 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,996,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.01-$37.52 after having opened the day at $37.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.84. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: 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%.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Huntington ( HBAN) 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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