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Tickers in this Article: NNI, DB, NSM, CACC, HLSS, CM, GS
The market has been doing well after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq is trading up 1.3%; the S&P 500 has moved up 1%; and the Dow has increased 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.

Underperforming the market overall, the Financial sector (XLF) is up 0.7%, and these are its current biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Nelnet (NYSE:NNI)$1.33 billion-5.7%
Deutsche (NYSE:DB)$38.81 billion+3.3%
Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NYSE:NSM)$2.52 billion-2.9%
Credit (Nasdaq:CACC)$2.11 billion+2.7%
Home Loan Servicing (Nasdaq:HLSS)$605 million-2.2%
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM)$32.03 billion+1.7%
Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)$55.31 billion+1.6%
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Slipping 5.7%, Nelnet (NYSE:NNI) is currently trading at $26.43 per share. At 258,371 shares, the company's volume so far today is above yesterday's volume of 97,897 shares.

Rising 3.3%, Deutsche (NYSE:DB) is currently trading at $43.70 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 422,635 shares. This is 0.3 times the average volume over the last three months.

After a decline of 2.9%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NYSE:NSM) has hit a share price of $27.10. The company's volume is currently 139,972 shares for the day, 0.1 times the current daily average.

Increasing 2.7%, Credit (Nasdaq:CACC) is trading at $88.12 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 5,915 shares.

Home Loan Servicing (Nasdaq:HLSS) has decreased to $19.35 per share, a 2.2% fall. The company's volume is currently 113,748 shares for the day, which is likely to result in less activity than yesterday's volume of 631,860 shares.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM) is at $80.32 per share after an increase of 1.7%. The company's volume for the day so far is 56,769 shares. This is consistent with its current three-month average.

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) is up 1.6% to reach a current price of $119.60 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 1.2 million shares, 0.3 times its current daily average.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. Tools like valuation ratios and profit margins, however, are only as useful as the context you put them in; remember to take historical data and competitor performance into account.

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