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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 1.1%. By the end of trading, Bank of America Corporation rose $0.22 (1.3%) to $17.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 60,646,756 shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 114,834,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.12-$17.27 after having opened the day at $17.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.98. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

Peapack Gladstone Financial Corporation



), up 9.0%,

Atlantic Coast Financial



), up 8.2%,

Stewardship Financial Corporation



), up 5.7% and

Talmer Bancorp Inc Class A



), up 5.5%.

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 $179.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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 revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

Mackinac Financial Corporation



), down 7.1%,

Auburn National



), down 6.3%,

Farmers Capital Bank Corporation



), down 5.8% and

DNB Financial Corporation



), down 4.8%.

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