Brookfield Office Properties Inc (BPO): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Brookfield Office Properties fell $0.40 (-2.1%) to $19.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,696,198 shares of Brookfield Office Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,235,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.96-$19.35 after having opened the day at $19.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.41. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Doral Financial ( DRL), down 9.2%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 8.5%, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 6.0% and Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), down 6.0%.

Brookfield Properties Corporation is a publicly owned real estate investment firm. The firm engages in the ownership, development, and management of premier commercial properties and also invests in core-plus office buildings. Brookfield Office Properties has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Brookfield Office Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Office Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 32.4%, First Bank Williamstown NJ ( FRBA), up 9.2%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 8.2% and QIWI ( QIWI), up 7.8% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Prudential Financial ( PRU) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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