WisdomTree Investments Inc. (WETF): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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WisdomTree Investments ( WETF) 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, WisdomTree Investments fell $0.45 (-3.8%) to $11.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,864,706 shares of WisdomTree Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,311,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.24-$12.10 after having opened the day at $11.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.99. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: MoneyGram International ( MGI), down 13.6%, Athens Bancshares Corporation ( AFCB), down 11.3%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 9.6% and Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 7.0%.

WisdomTree Investments, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an exchange-traded funds (ETFs) sponsor and asset manager. It offers ETFs in equities, currency, fixed income, and alternatives asset classes. WisdomTree Investments has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 32.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate WisdomTree Investments a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WisdomTree Investments as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Republic First Bancorp ( FRBK), up 9.7%, First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), up 9.6%, Jacksonville Bancorp ( JXSB), up 9.3% and Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), up 8.7% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Equity Residential ( EQR) 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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