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


Deutsche Bank



) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Deutsche Bank fell $1.89 (-4.1%) to $44.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.33-$45.38 after having opened the day at $45.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.37. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were:

Howard Bancorp Incorporated Maryland



), down 11.8%,

Colony Bankcorp



), down 10.5%,

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), down 8%, and

VelocityShares 2x Long Copper ETN



), down 6.8%.

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Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $42.44 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 11.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Deutsche Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front,

First Financial Service Corporation



), up 7.9%,

VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude ETN



), up 7%,

Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation



), up 7%, and

Sussex Bancorp



), up 6.2%, were all gainers within the banking industry with

People's United Financial



) being today's featured banking industry leader.

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