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)

  • iShares FTSE NAREIT Ind (NYSE:FNIO): The shares closed at $25.10, up $1.96, or 8.47%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $2.09 billion.
  • Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIBC): The shares closed at $2.88, up $0.19, or 7.06%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $205.32 million. About the company: Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company of Wilshire State Bank, which serves businesses and consumers in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in California and also has loan offices in Northern California, Washington, Oklahoma, Nevada and Texas. The Bank specializes in making Small Business Administration and other loans to minority-owned businesses.
  • Epoch Holding Corp (NASDAQ:EPHC): The shares closed at $18.22, up $1.1, or 6.43%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $425.47 million. About the company: Epoch Holding Corporation is an investment advisory and investment management company.
  • SWS Group, Inc. (NYSE:SWS): The shares closed at $5.20, up $0.3, or 6.12%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $169.20 million. About the company: SWS Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers a broad range of investment and financial services. The Company’s services include corporate finance, fixed income trading and underwriting, private client group, research, equity trading, institutional sales, public finance, and securities clearing.
  • Radian Group Inc. (NYSE:RDN): The shares closed at $2.55, up $0.14, or 5.81%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $339.69 million. About the company: Radian Group Inc. provides financial guarantee insurance. The Company’s products and services enable homebuyers to purchase homes more quickly and with smaller down payments, protect lenders against loan default, and lower the costs of mortgage origination and servicing. Radian also provides insurance and reinsurance to investors in corporate, municipal, and asset-backed securities.

Losers (% price change)

  • Life Partners Hldgs., Inc (NASDAQ:LPHI): The shares closed at $6.22, down $0.38, or 5.76%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $115.97 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.
  • Waddell & Reed Financial (NYSE:WDR): The shares closed at $24.77, down $0.95, or 3.69%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $2.13 billion. About the company: Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, serves as investment advisor and exclusive underwriter and distributor for a family of mutual funds. The Company’s funds include the Waddell & Reed Advisors Funds, W&R Funds, Inc., Ivy Funds, and the W&R Target Funds, Inc.
  • Nicholas Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:NICK): The shares closed at $9.95, down $0.35, or 3.4%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $118.97 million. About the company: Nicholas Financial, Inc. acquires and services installment sales contracts for purchases of new and used automobiles and light trucks. The Company also makes direct consumer loans and sells consumer-finance related products. Nicholas also designs, develops, markets, and supports industry specific computer application software for small businesses in the Southeast United States.
  • PIMCO Corporate (NYSE:PTY): The shares closed at $16.80, down $0.53, or 3.09%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $1.13 billion. About the company: PIMCO Corporate Opportunity Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company incorporated in the USA. The Fund’s objective is maximum total return through a combination of current income and capital appreciation.
  • Woori Finance Hldgs. Co (NYSE:WF): The shares closed at $27.88, down $0.85, or 2.96%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $7.49 billion. About the company: Woori Finance Holdings Co., Ltd. is a holding company of Woori Bank, Kwangju Bank, Kyongnam Bank, and Woori Credit Card. The Company manages and controls its financial subsidiaries.

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

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