Sector Update: Financial Shares Lower As Investors Mull Near-Term Tapering

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Financial shares are lower in today's pre-market session as investors await more information from the Federal Reserve regarding the timing of the tapering of its bond-buying program. Yesterday's comments from the Chicago Fed president indicated tapering would begin before the end of the year.

In financial stocks news, The Carlyle Group ( CG ) said its distributable Q2 earnings net of taxes was $0.53 per unit outstanding compared to the $0.56 average analyst estimate. The group raised $6.9 billion in new capital in the quarter.

And, Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC ) reported Q2 earnings of $0.72 per share, versus the Capital IQ consensus of $0.67. Revenues were $3.09 billion, versus the analyst estimate of $3.13 billion.

In the same period last year, the company reported EPS of $0.61 on revenues of $3.026 billion. MMC is flat at $42.01 in pre-market trade.

And, Argo Group International ( AGII ) late yesterday reported Q2 operating EPS of $0.74, versus the Capital IQ consensus estimate of $0.71, if comparable. Revenues of $364 million missed the consensus of $365.68 million.

This compares to EPS of $0.50 on revenues of $318 million in the comparable quarter a year ago. AGII also said its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share on the company's common stock. The dividend will be paid on September 16, 2013, to shareholders of record on September 2, 2013.



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