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HDFC Bank

(

HDB

) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, HDFC Bank fell $0.60 (-1.8%) to $32.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 950,865 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,017,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.43-$32.97 after having opened the day at $32.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.21. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were:

OptimumBank Holdings

(

OPHC

), down 6.5%,

Severn Bancorp

(

SVBI

), down 5.2%,

Corpbanca

(

BCA

), down 3.2% and

BanColombia

(

CIB

), down 2.9%.

HDFC Bank Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services to individuals and businesses in India, as well as in Bahrain and Hong Kong. The company operates in four segments: Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, Treasury, and Other Banking Operations. HDFC Bank has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

HDFC Bank

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Grupo Financiero Galicia

(

GGAL

), up 10.2%,

Stewardship Financial Corporation

(

SSFN

), up 6.8%,

First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas

(

FFBH

), up 5.4% and

Midsouth Bancorp

(

MSL

), up 4.8%.

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KBW Bank ETF

(

KBE

) while those bearish on the banking industry could consider

ProShares Short KBW Regional Bankng

(

KRS

).

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