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Sector Update: Financials

Financial shares were generally mixed in pre-market trade Friday ahead of

consumer sentiment and consumer spending data.

In financial stocks news, National Bank of Greece ( NBG ) shares were up 3.2% at $3.58 into a fourth day of positive gains after the bank reported Q1 results this week.

The bank reported net earnings of $246 million, its sixth consecutive profitable quarter, according to Reuters.

NBG also received a lift this week along with other EU-zone banks when the European Central Bank announced plans to spend $410 million through the end of 2015 building a new bank-monitoring office.

And, BlackRock ( BLK ) late Thursday said its board of directors approved the payment of a quarterly dividend of $1.93 per share, unchanged from the previous payout, on June 23 shareholders of record at the close of business on June 9.

BLK was flat in pre-market trading on Friday and was trading at $304.82 Thursday after hours.

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