Credicorp Ltd (BAP): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Credicorp ( BAP) 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, Credicorp fell $2.67 (-1.9%) to $138.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 338,964 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 409,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $138.00-$142.46 after having opened the day at $141.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $141.52. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Fauquier Bankshares ( FBSS), down 10.2%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 9.3%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 8.0% and Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), down 7.2%.

Credicorp Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services primarily in Peru, the Cayman Islands, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Panama. It operates in four segments: Banking, Insurance, Pension Funds, and Investment Banking. Credicorp has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and premium valuation.

On the positive front, LiqTech International ( LIQT), up 13.0%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 5.1%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), up 5.1% and American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 5.0% , were all gainers within the financial sector with HCP ( HCP) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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