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Tickers in this Article: FII, VR, NSM, SIVB, WRLD, AON, MKL
The market is having a bad day so far. The Nasdaq has declined 0.1%; the S&P 500 has declined 0.2%; and the Dow has fallen 0.1%. The financial sector is the category of stocks containing firms that provide financial services to commercial and retail customers. This sector includes banks, investment funds, insurance companies and real estate. Financial services perform best in low interest rate environments. A large portion of this sector generates revenue from mortgages and loans, which gain value as interest rates drop. Furthermore, when the business cycle is in an upswing, the financial sector benefits from additional investments. Improved economic conditions usually lead to more capital projects and increased personal investing. New projects require financing, which usually leads to a larger number of loans.

The Financial sector (XLF) is down 0.6%, underperforming the market overall. The current biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Federated Investors Inc (NYSE:FII)$2.15 billion+5.2%
Validus (NYSE:VR)$3.48 billion-3.7%
Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NYSE:NSM)$2.86 billion+3.6%
SVB Financial (Nasdaq:SIVB)$2.64 billion-3.3%
World (Nasdaq:WRLD)$831.6 million+2.5%
Aon (NYSE:AON)$16.88 billion+2.1%
Markel (NYSE:MKL)$4.63 billion-1.9%
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Rising 5.2%, Federated Investors Inc (NYSE:FII) is currently trading at $21.76 per share. The company's volume is currently one million shares for the day, 1.6 times its current three-month average.

Validus (NYSE:VR) is down 3.7% to reach $35.93 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 992,269 shares. This is 1.8 times the current daily average.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NYSE:NSM) is up 3.6% to reach a current price of $33.28 per share. At 987,921 shares, the company's volume so far today is with trading activity in keeping with yesterday's.

SVB Financial (Nasdaq:SIVB) has fallen 3.3% and is currently trading at $57.47 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 322,544 shares.

World (Nasdaq:WRLD) has increased to a share price of $65.21, a 2.5% rise. At 21,679 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times the average volume over the last three months.

Aon (NYSE:AON) has risen 2.1% to hit a current price of $53.47 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 663,262 shares. This is in keeping with its current daily average.

Markel (NYSE:MKL) has decreased to $471.90 per share, a 1.9% fall. The company's volume is currently 7,567 shares for the day, consistent with the volume from yesterday on pace to finish the day below yesterday's volume of 15,514 shares.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. Keep in mind that all these ratios should be compared against historical numbers and industry information in order to get a more complete picture.

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