Sector Update: Financial Stocks Mixed; Voya Financial Slipping After Pricing Offering, $300 Mln Stock Buyback

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Financial stocks were mixed this afternoon with the NYSE Financial Sector Index adding about 0.2% and the S&P Financial 100 Index slipping about 0.1%.

In company news, Voya Financial Inc. ( VOYA ) was lower this afternoon after the asset manager Wednesday pricing a secondary offering of nearly 22.3 million shares by former corporate parent ING Group ( ING ) at $38.85 each, a 1.3% discount to yesterday's closing price for the stock.

VOYA also repurchased another 7.7 million of its shares from the Dutch financial-services conglomerate for $300 million, paying the same price paid by the underwriters in the public offering. The company has around $210 mln remaining under its current stock buyback authorization.

After selling a combined 30 million shares, ING saw its VOYA stake decline from around 43% of the company's stock prior to the offering to around 32%, or about 80.1 million shares overall, after the deal.

VOYA shares recently were off about 0.3% at $39.25 each, retreating back near its $39.09 a share session low. The stock has traded within a 52-week range of $28.64 to $39.72 a share, rising slightly more than 36% over the past 12 months.

ING shares were ahead 1.5% at $14.06 each this afternoon.

In other sector news,

(+) UCFC, (+0.2%) Boenning & Scattergood initiates coverage with an Outperform rating.

(-) EFC, (-4.2%) Prices public offering of 8 mln shares of its common stock at $23.92 apiece, a 2.8% discount to yesterday's closing price. It plans to use net proceeds to buy its targeted assets.



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