The Financial sector (XLF) showed little change during trading today while the S&P 500 rose 0.2%.

Although it went in the opposite direction of the market today, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past week. Entering today's trading, XLF was up 1% over the last seven trading days while the S&P 500 was up 0.7%.

United Fire Group (UFCS) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 11.8% (+$2.21) to close at $20.98 with 133,370 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $19.37 to $21.69. The stock is down over the last two months, having fallen 72 cents (-3.3%) from a price of $21.70 on June 7, 2012.

Direxion Daily China Bull 3x Shares ETF (YINN) rose 7.3% to close at $15.08, crossing its 50-day moving average of $14.20.

Citizens & Northern Corporation (CZNC) rose 3.5% to close at $18.98, approaching its 50-day moving average of $18.99. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $18.98. Territorial Bancorp (NLY) fell 2.4% to close at $23.67, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $23.07. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $16.59.

Direxion Daily China Bear 3x Shares ETF (YANG) was a major loser in the sector, falling 3.9% (-61 cents) to close at $15.08 with 40,491 shares moving. The stock traded between $14.59 and $15.55. Share price is up 8 cents (0.5%) from $15.16 on July 6, 2012.

Harbinger Group (HRG) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $10.21 to top the previous high of $9.69.