Financial Sector Review: Winning and Losing Stocks

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about today’s action in the Financial (NYSE:XLF) sector:

Gainers (% price change)

  • Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC): The shares closed at $7.88, up $0.62, or 8.54%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $104.20 million. About the company: Preferred Bank is a full-service commercial bank that specializes in several specific market niches. The Bank serves middle market business, international market business, professionals, real estate financing, international private banking, merchant processing, and other niche markets. Preferred Bank serves clients through several offices located in California.
  • Middleburg Financial Corp (NASDAQ:MBRG): The shares closed at $15.24, up $0.65, or 4.46%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $106.63 million. About the company: Middleburg Financial Corporation is the holding company for The Middleburg Bank and The Tredegar Trust Company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers a wide range of banking, fiduciary, and investment management services to both individuals and small businesses. Middleburg operates in Virginia.
  • Gabelli Utility Trust (NYSE:GUT): The shares closed at $6.92, up $0.24, or 3.59%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $218.04 million. About the company: Gabelli Utility Trust is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company incorporated in the USA. The Trust’s objective is long-term growth of capital and income. The Trust invests primarily in companies that provide products, services or equipment for the generation or distribution of electricity, gas and water.
  • Life Partners Hldgs., Inc (NASDAQ:LPHI): The shares closed at $6.18, up $0.18, or 3%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $115.22 million. About the company: Life Partners Holdings, Inc. matches life policy sellers with viatical settlement and senior life policy purchasers. A viatical settlement is the sale of a life insurance policy covering a person who is terminally ill. A senior life settlement is the transfer of a life insurance policy by an individual who is 70 years or older and no longer needs the coverage.
  • Nuveen Tax-Advantaged (NYSE:JTA): The shares closed at $9.73, up $0.19, or 2.04%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $135.11 million. About the company: Nuveen Tax-Advantaged Total Return Strategy Fund is a newly organized, diversified, closed-end management investment company incorporated in the USA. The Fund’s investment objective is to achieve a high level of after-tax total return consisting primarily of tax-advantaged dividend income and capital appreciation.

Losers (% price change)

  • Epoch Holding Corp (NASDAQ:EPHC): The shares closed at $14.10, down $1.77, or 11.15%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $329.26 million. About the company: Epoch Holding Corporation is an investment advisory and investment management company.
  • Sun Bancorp, Inc. /NJ (NASDAQ:SNBC): The shares closed at $2.64, down $0.29, or 9.9%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $219.33 million. About the company: Sun Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Sun National Bank and Sun National Bank, Delaware. The Banks offer a wide variety of commercial and consumer lending and deposit services through branches located throughout southern and central New Jersey, New Castle County, Delaware, and in Philadelphia.
  • Sterling Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:STSA): The shares closed at $12.32, down $1.31, or 9.61%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $763.30 million. About the company: Sterling Financial Corporation is a holding company for Sterling Savings Bank. The Bank operates branches throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and western Montana. The Company also, through INTERVEST Mortgage Investment Company, Action Mortgage Company, and Harbor Financial Services, provides loan production and investment services.
  • United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI): The shares closed at $8.30, down $0.81, or 8.89%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $477.11 million. About the company: United Community Banks, Inc. is a multi-bank holding company with locations throughout north Georgia and western North Carolina. The Banks are community oriented and offer retail and corporate banking services including checking, savings, and time deposit accounts, secured and unsecured loans, wire transfers, trust services, and rental of safe deposit boxes.
  • West Bancorporation, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTBA): The shares closed at $7.91, down $0.75, or 8.66%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $137.66 million. About the company: West Bancorporation is the holding company for West Des Moines State Bank (West Bank). The Bank is a full-service commercial bank serving small- to mediumsized businesses and individuals through several branches located in Des Moines and West Des Moines, Iowa.

(Note: Selected financial data are sourced from Google Finance. All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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