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Tickers in this Article: AFSI, FII, NSM, NYX, FIS, MSCI, AWH
After the morning's trading, the Nasdaq is unchanged, the S&P 500 has moved up 0.4% and the Dow has risen 0.6%. 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.

These are the biggest movers in the Financial sector (XLF) (+0.6%):
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Amtrust Financial Services (Nasdaq:AFSI)$1.61 billion+11.4%
Federated Investors Inc (NYSE:FII)$2.3 billion-6.8%
Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NYSE:NSM)$2.69 billion-6.6%
NYSE (NYSE:NYX)$6.3 billion-6.3%
Fidelity National (NYSE:FIS)$9.8 billion+4.8%
Msci (NYSE:MSCI)$3.32 billion-4.7%
Allied World Assurance Co (NYSE:AWH)$2.83 billion+1.6%
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Amtrust Financial Services (Nasdaq:AFSI) is trading at $26.87 per share, a significant rise of 11.4%. So far today, 449,683 shares have changed hands, which is more trading activity than there was yesterday.

At $20.65, Federated Investors Inc (NYSE:FII) has slipped 6.8%. So far today, 518,817 shares have changed hands. This is in keeping with the average volume over the past three months.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NYSE:NSM) is currently trading at a share price of $28.20, a 6.6% decline. At 2.2 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.8 times its current daily average.

Falling 6.3%, NYSE (NYSE:NYX) is currently at a share price of $24. The company's volume for the day so far is 4.5 million shares.

Fidelity National (NYSE:FIS) is up 4.8% to reach a current price of $34.87 per share. The company's volume is currently 1.5 million shares for the day,.

Msci (NYSE:MSCI) is down 4.7% to reach $25.96 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 1.4 million shares. This is 1.8 times the average volume over the last three months.

Allied World Assurance Co (NYSE:AWH) is currently trading at $80.33 per share, a 1.6% increase. The company's volume is currently 28,498 shares for the day, 0.1 times the average daily volume.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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