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Tickers in this Article: C, OCN, LFC, MKTX, TRV, ASPS, ERIE
The Nasdaq has decreased 1%, the S&P 500 has declined 0.1% and the Dow has increased 0.2% after the morning's trading. 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 biggest movers in the Financial sector (XLF) (+0.7%) are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Citigroup (NYSE:C)$100.56 billion+5%
Ocwen (NYSE:OCN)$4.76 billion-4.8%
China Life Insurance Company Ltd (NYSE:LFC)$82.25 billion+4.5%
MarketAxess Holdings (Nasdaq:MKTX)$1.14 billion+3.4%
Travelers (NYSE:TRV)$26.9 billion+3.3%
Altisource Portfolio Solutions (Nasdaq:ASPS)$2.35 billion-3%
Erie Indemnity (Nasdaq:ERIE)$3.75 billion-2.7%
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Citigroup (NYSE:C) is up 5% to reach a current price of $36 per share. The company's volume is currently 33.7 million shares for the day, which is more trading activity than there was yesterday.

Currently trading at $33.60 per share, Ocwen (NYSE:OCN) has fallen 4.8%. So far today, 2.8 million shares have changed hands.

After rising 4.5%, China Life Insurance Company Ltd (NYSE:LFC) is currently trading at a share price of $45.60. The company's volume is currently 148,309 shares for the day, one times the current three-month average.

MarketAxess Holdings (Nasdaq:MKTX) has risen 3.4% and is currently trading at $31.67 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 80,675 shares. This is 0.7 times its average daily volume.

Travelers (NYSE:TRV) has risen 3.3% to hit a current price of $72.88 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 2.1 million shares, above yesterday's volume of 1.8 million shares.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions (Nasdaq:ASPS) has fallen 3% and is currently trading at $97.66 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 170,897 shares.

Erie Indemnity (Nasdaq:ERIE) has decreased to $68.57 per share, a 2.7% fall. With 9,291 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.2 times its current three-month average.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. 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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