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PNC Financial Services Group Inc (PNC): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

PNC Financial Services Group (PNC) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, PNC Financial Services Group fell 64 cents (-1.1%) to $58 on average volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.94-$59.11 after having opened the day at $58.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.64. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Carver Bancorp (CARV), down 9.3%, Carolina Trust Bank (CART), down 9.3%, Plumas Bancorp (PLBC), down 7.1%, and Emclaire Financial Corporation (EMCF), down 7%.

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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company's Retail Banking segment provides deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $31.28 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 12 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Rurban Financial (RBNF), up 11.2%, Atlantic Coast Financial (ACFC), up 9.7%, First Financial Service Corporation (FFKY), up 9.6%, and Iberiabank (IBKC), up 8.8%, were all gainers within the banking industry with Citigroup (C) being today's featured banking industry leader.

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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