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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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Bank of America Corporation rose 10 cents (1%) to $9.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 148.7 million shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 154.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.38-$9.76 after having opened the day at $9.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.66. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

Carver Bancorp



), up 57.3%,

Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio



), up 9%,

OptimumBank Holdings



), up 8.8%, and

Howard Bancorp Incorporated Maryland



), up 8%.

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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 $106 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 76.9% 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 good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk.

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