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Southcoast Financial Corporation (SOCB): Today's Featured Banking Loser

The banking industry closed the day up 1.6%. OptimumBank Holdings Inc (OPHC), Mid Penn Bancorp Inc (MPB), First United (FUNC), and Indiana Community Bancorp (INCB) were all decliners today within the banking industry with Southcoast Financial Corporation (SOCB) being today's featured banking loser. Southcoast Financial Corporation fell 14 cents (-8.1%) to $1.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 20,200 shares of Southcoast Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,100 shares.

Southcoast Financial Corporation operates as the holding company for Southcoast Community Bank that provides commercial banking services in South Carolina. Southcoast Financial Corporation has a market cap of $8.4 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 47.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southcoast Financial as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Carver Bancorp Inc (CARV), Bank VA Chesterfield (BOVA), North Valley Bancorp (NOVB), and Flagstar Bancorp Inc (FBC) were all gainers within the banking industry with Wells Fargo (WFC) being today's featured banking industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the banking industry could consider KBW Bank ETF (KBE) while those bearish on the banking industry could consider ProShares Short KBW Regional Bankng (KRS).

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