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Tickers in this Article: GHL, STI, ASPS, CNS, BOH, NSM, PVD
The Nasdaq has risen 0.3%, the S&P 500 is down 0.2% and the Dow is trading down 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.

These are the biggest movers in the Financial sector (XLF) (+0.3%):
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Greenhill & Co (NYSE:GHL)$1.33 billion+7%
SunTrust (NYSE:STI)$15.42 billion-3.3%
Altisource Portfolio Solutions (Nasdaq:ASPS)$2.61 billion+3%
Cohen & Steers (NYSE:CNS)$1.31 billion-3%
Bank of (NYSE:BOH)$1.99 billion+3%
Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NYSE:NSM)$2.91 billion+2.9%
A.F.P Provida SA (NYSE:PVD)$2.41 billion-2.8%
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Rising 7%, Greenhill & Co (NYSE:GHL) is currently trading at $49.45 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 347,942 shares, 0.9 times its average over the past three months.

At $27.68, SunTrust (NYSE:STI) has slipped 3.3%. The company's volume for the day so far is 7.8 million shares.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions (Nasdaq:ASPS) has moved up 3% and is currently trading at $115.30 per share. The company's volume is currently 71,625 shares for the day, consistent with its current daily average.

Cohen & Steers (NYSE:CNS) is down 3% to reach $29.09 per share. So far today, 64,319 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

Bank of (NYSE:BOH) has risen 3% and is currently trading at $45.32 per share. The company's volume is currently 352,200 shares for the day, 0.9 times the average volume over the last three months.

Increasing 2.9%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NYSE:NSM) is trading at $33.51 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 379,848 shares.

A.F.P Provida SA (NYSE:PVD) has decreased to $106.22 per share, a 2.8% fall. The company's volume is currently 6,244 shares for the day, 0.2 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. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. 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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