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Bank of America Corporation



) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Bank of America Corporation fell 9 cents (-1.1%) to $8.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 93.1 million shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 163.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.05-$8.20 after having opened the day at $8.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.16. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were:

Broadway Financial



), down 9.7%,

Bank VA Chesterfield



), down 8.9%,

First United


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Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services to individual consumers, small-and middle-market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $83.2 billion and is part of the


sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.4, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 8.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Hudson City Bancorp



), up 15.7%,

Carolina Bank Holdings



), up 15.4%,

Magyar Bancorp



), up 11.8%, and

PVF Capital



), up 7.9%, were all gainers within the banking industry with

First Horizon National



) being today's featured banking industry leader.

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