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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 0.5%. By the end of trading, Bank of America Corporation rose $0.17 (1.1%) to $14.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 111,810,468 shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 125,670,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.65-$14.99 after having opened the day at $14.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.75. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

Bank Bradesco



), up 11.6%,

1st Century Bancshrs



), up 11.4%,

Central Federal



), up 10.8% and

Emclaire Financial Corporation



), up 9.9%.

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services for 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 $159.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 27.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, 2 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 growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Credit Suisse



), down 15.1%,

Berkshire Hills Bancorp



), down 6.2%,

Oak Ridge Financial Services



), down 5.2% and

First Community Corporation



), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the banking industry with

First Republic Bank (San Francisco CA



) being today's banking industry laggard.

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