Regions Financial Corporation (RF): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) 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, Regions Financial Corporation fell $0.12 (-1.2%) to $10.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,758,697 shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,580,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.20-$10.41 after having opened the day at $10.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.34. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: MoneyGram International ( MGI), down 17.7%, First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), down 7.3%, Intermountain Community Bancorp ( IMCB), down 6.5% and RENN Global Entrepreneurs Fund ( RCG), down 5.7%.

Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Business Services, Consumer Services, and Wealth Management. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Athens Bancshares Corporation ( AFCB), up 28.0%, Nelnet ( NNI), up 11.0%, Sorrento Therapeutics ( SRNE), up 9.3% and China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 7.4% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Franklin Resources ( BEN) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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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