During trading today, both the Financial sector (XLF) and the S&P500 showed little movement.
The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past week. Entering today's trading, XLF was down 3.7% over the last seven trading days while the S&P 500 climbed -1.8%.
Peoples Financial Corporation (PFBX) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 14% (+$1.40) to close at $11.40 with 1,200 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $9.60 to $11.40.
Noah Holdings (NOAH) rose 8.6% to close at $5.30, cross its 50-day moving average of $4.94 and 200-day moving average of $6.34.
GSV Capital (GSVC) rose 4.7% to close at $9.29, approaching its 50-day moving average of $9.69. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $14.24. Diamond Hill Investment Group (AHL) fell 2.1% to close at $74.68, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $74.47. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $27.96.
Health Net (HNT) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 5.5% (-$1.44) to close at $24.88, as 2.7 million shares moved. The stock traded between $24.57 and $26.39. Over the last three months, the stock has lost $11.85 (-32.3%) from a price of $36.73 on April 26, 2012.
Blackrock Maryland Municipal Bond (BZM) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $19.34 to top the previous high of $19.21.