Franklin Resources Inc. (BEN): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Franklin Resources ( BEN) 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, Franklin Resources rose $0.80 (1.5%) to $52.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,235,565 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,664,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.22-$52.89 after having opened the day at $52.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.06. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), up 9.4%, First West Virginia Bancorp ( FWV), up 9.4%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 8.7% and HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), up 8.2%.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $33.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franklin Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 11.2%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 9.0%, Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 8.3% and First Cash Financial Services ( FCFS), down 6.7% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Affiliated Managers Group ( AMG) 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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