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Starwood Property ( STWD) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Starwood Property fell $0.24 (-1.0%) to $23.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,653,932 shares of Starwood Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,278,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.62-$24.14 after having opened the day at $23.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.01. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), down 14.7%, ProShares Ultra MSCI Brazil Cppd ( UBR), down 9.0%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 8.2% and Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 8.1%.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. originates, acquires, finances, and manages commercial mortgage loans, other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments in the United States and Europe. Starwood Property has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Starwood Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

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