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

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Fifth Third Bancorp

(

FITB

) 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, Fifth Third Bancorp rose 19 cents (1.3%) to $15.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.4 million shares of Fifth Third Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.93-$15.15 after having opened the day at $14.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.93. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

Carver Bancorp

(

CARV

), up 18%,

United Community Bancorp

(

UCBA

), up 13.3%,

WSB Holdings

(

WSB

), up 8%, and

QC Holdings

(

QCCO

), up 5.7%.

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Fifth Third Bancorp operates as a diversified financial services holding company in the United States. Fifth Third Bancorp has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Fifth Third Bancorp a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fifth Third Bancorp as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Anchor Bancorp

(

ANCB

), down 11.3%,

Credit Suisse

(

DGAZ

), down 6.8%,

Community West

(

CWBC

), down 6.2%, and

Patriot National Bancorp

(

PNBK

), down 5.4%, were all laggards within the banking industry with

Credit Suisse Group

(

CS

) being today's banking industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the banking industry could consider

KBW Bank ETF

(

KBE

) while those bearish on the banking industry could consider

ProShares Short KBW Regional Bankng

(

KRS

).

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