During trading today, both the Financial sector (XLF) and the S&P500 showed little movement.

As a proxy for the sector, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. As trading began today, XLF was up 6.9% over the last thirty trading days, and the S&P 500 climbed 5.9%.

Green Dot Corporation (GDOT) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 10.5%. The stock closed at $11.11 with 2.7 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $10 to $11.21.

Hugoton Royalty (HGT) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 9.3% (-65 cents) to close at $6.35, as 846,606 shares moved. The stock traded in a range of $6.34 to $6.99. The stock has been going in a negative direction over the last month, dropping $1.15 (-15.3%) from a price of $7.50 on July 24, 2012.

Great Northern Iron Ore Properties (GNI) declined 4.6% to close at $70.82, moving below its 50-day moving average of $70.23 and 200-day moving average of $81.20. Bridge Bancorp (BDGE) rose 2.3% to close at $21.21, crossing its 50-day moving average of $20.85.

Health Net (HNT) rose 4.7% to close at $22.61, approaching its 50-day moving average of $22.85. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $28.96. Eaton Vance (EV) fell 3% to close at $26.47, moving down to 0.6% above its 200-day moving average of $26.31.

Stewart Information Services (STC) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $19.49 to top the previous high of $18.84.