Capital One Financial Corp (COF): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Capital One Financial ( COF) 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, Capital One Financial rose $1.29 (1.8%) to $72.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,589,403 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,016,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.22-$72.73 after having opened the day at $71.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.33. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 21.4%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 16.2%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 12.1% and AMERISAFE ( AMSF), up 11.6%.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $41.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 17.9%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 17.8%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 11.0% and Campus Crest Communities ( CCG), down 10.4% , were all laggards within the financial sector with DDR ( DDR) 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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