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


Bank of America Corporation



) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Bank of America Corporation rose 20 cents (2.2%) to $9.32 on light volume. Throughout the day, 93.8 million shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 133.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.15-$9.35 after having opened the day at $9.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.12. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

VelocityShares 2x Long Copper ETN



), up 23.7%,




), up 13.9%,

Salisbury Bancorp



), up 13.4%, and

Jacksonville Bancorp Inc (FL



), up 13.3%.

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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 $98.29 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 24 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 64% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 14 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 expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front,

Porter Bancorp



), down 27.9%,

National Bank of Greece



), down 23.6%,

Parke Bancorp



), down 9.8%, and

First Capital Bancorp



), down 8.8%, were all laggards within the banking industry with

Hudson City Bancorp



) being today's banking industry laggard.

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