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Tickers in this Article: RATE, STT, DB, PNC, BRO, BLK, CBSH
The market is currently up, with the Nasdaq moving up 1.1%, the S&P 500 rising 1% and the Dow climbing 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 up 1%, underperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Bankrate (NYSE:RATE)$1.45 billion-24.7%
State Street (NYSE:STT)$19.92 billion+4.9%
Deutsche (NYSE:DB)$39.5 billion+4.6%
PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC)$33.32 billion-3.7%
Brown & Brown (NYSE:BRO)$3.77 billion-3.1%
BlackRock (NYSE:BLK)$32.01 billion+2.4%
Commerce Bancshares (Nasdaq:CBSH)$3.41 billion-2.3%
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After a precipitous drop of 24.7%, Bankrate (NYSE:RATE) is now trading at a share price of $10.92. The company is trading at a volume of seven million shares. This is more trading activity than there was yesterday.

After rising 4.9%, State Street (NYSE:STT) is currently trading at a share price of $43.60. So far today, the company's volume is 3.1 million shares, 0.6 times the current daily average.

Deutsche (NYSE:DB) is at $45.03 per share after an increase of 4.6%. The company is currently trading a volume of 1.4 million shares.

PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC) is currently trading at a share price of $60.60, a 3.7% decline. The company's volume for the day so far is 5.5 million shares, 1.8 times its current three-month average.

Brown & Brown (NYSE:BRO) is down 3.1% to reach $25.48 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.3 million shares. This is greater than yesterday's volume of 1.1 million shares.

BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) is currently trading at $189.76 per share, a 2.4% increase. So far today, the company's volume is 677,675 shares, 0.7 times the average daily volume.

At $38.05, Commerce Bancshares (Nasdaq:CBSH) has slipped 2.3%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 525,992 shares.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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