Financial Sector Review: Winning and Losing Stocks on Dec 1st

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

Gainers (% price change)

  • Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO): The shares closed at $10.99, up $1.29, or 13.3%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $2.00 billion. About the company: Assured Guaranty Ltd. provides financial guaranty insurance and reinsurance, as well as mortgage guaranty coverage. The Company’s products include guaranties for municipal finance, structured finance, and corporate bonds. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Radian Group Inc. (NYSE:RDN): The shares closed at $2.35, up $0.19, or 8.8%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $313.05 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. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE:MTG): The shares closed at $3.09, up $0.21, or 7.29%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $621.62 million. About the company: MGIC Investment Corporation, through its subsidiary, provides private mortgage insurance coverage in the United States. The Company’s customers include thrifts, mortgage bankers and brokers, commercial banks, credit unions, and other lending institutions. The Company also provides, through subsidiaries, underwriting and contract services related to home mortgage lending. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Life Partners Hldgs., Inc (NASDAQ:LPHI): The shares closed at $6.51, up $0.37, or 6.03%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $121.40 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. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC): The shares closed at $7.99, up $0.44, or 5.83%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $105.64 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. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Losers (% price change)

  • Helios High Yield Fund (NYSE:HHY): The shares closed at $23.14, down $4.54, or 16.4%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $157.94 million. About the company: Helios High Yield Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company incorporated in the USA. The Fund’s objective is high current income, as well as capital growth. The Fund invests at least 65% of its total assets in high-yield bonds, debentures, notes, corporate loans and other debt instruments rated below investment-grade or unrated. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Bank of Ireland (NYSE:IRE): The shares closed at $4.54, down $0.42, or 8.47%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $342.00 million. About the company: The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland provides a range of banking, life insurance and other financial services to customers in Ireland and United Kingdom. Services include branch banking, personal and business loans, loan insurance, mortgages, foreign exchange, correspondent banking, credit cards and stockbroking. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • National Bank of Greece (NYSE:NBG): The shares closed at $2.45, down $0.19, or 7.2%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $468.40 million. About the company: National Bank of Greece S.A. offers retail and corporate banking services. The Bank accepts deposits and offers loans, lease financing, mortgages, and investing and insurance services to industrial, commercial, and consumer clients. National Bank of Greece operates domestically and overseas. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Enterprise Bancorp, Inc (NASDAQ:EBTC): The shares closed at $13.41, down $1.03, or 7.13%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $126.66 million. About the company: Enterprise Bancorp Inc. is the holding company for Enterprise Bank and Trust Company. The Bank offers commercial and consumer loan and deposit products, investment management, trust and insurance services. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC): The shares closed at $10.99, down $0.79, or 6.71%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $185.56 million. About the company: First Bancorp is the holding company for First Bank and two nonbank subsidiaries. The Bank provides demand and time deposits, loans, discount brokerage services, and self-directed individual retirement accounts to individuals and businesses in North Carolina. The Company also provides electronic data processing services and owns and operates real estate. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

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

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