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Tickers in this Article: EPHC, KBW, FBC, SHG, ASPS, WF, MKTX
The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq has risen 0.7%; the S&P 500 has moved up 0.3%; and the Dow has moved up 0.3%. 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 0.1%, and these are its current biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Epoch (Nasdaq:EPHC)$518.7 million+26.6%
KBW (NYSE:KBW)$594.3 million-13.1%
Flagstar Bancorp (NYSE:FBC)$1.07 billion-4%
Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd (NYSE:SHG)$7.47 billion+3.5%
Altisource Portfolio Solutions (Nasdaq:ASPS)$2.29 billion+2.5%
Woori Finance Holdings Co., Ltd (NYSE:WF)$7.52 billion+2.3%
MarketAxess Holdings (Nasdaq:MKTX)$1.22 billion+2%
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Epoch (Nasdaq:EPHC) has soared 26.6% to reach a current price of $27.73 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 4.1 million shares, 97 times the average daily volume.

KBW (NYSE:KBW) is currently trading at $14.99 per share, after a steep drop of 13.1%. So far today, one million shares have changed hands.

Flagstar Bancorp (NYSE:FBC) is currently trading at a share price of $18.38, a 4% decline. So far today, the company's volume is 349,068 shares,.

Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd (NYSE:SHG) is up 3.5% to reach a current price of $32.60 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 16,060 shares. This is 0.3 times the current three-month average.

Increasing 2.5%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions (Nasdaq:ASPS) is trading at $100.39 per share. The company's volume is currently 44,098 shares for the day, 0.2 times the current daily average.

Woori Finance Holdings Co., Ltd (NYSE:WF) has increased to a share price of $28.63, a 2.3% rise. The company's volume for the day so far is 1,790 shares.

After an increase of 2%, MarketAxess Holdings (Nasdaq:MKTX) has reached a current price of $33.44. At 55,304 shares, the company's volume so far today is while it was 589,772 shares yesterday.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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