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PNC Financial Services Group



) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, PNC Financial Services Group rose $0.77 (1.1%) to $71.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,047,065 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,881,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $70.31-$72.20 after having opened the day at $70.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.03. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

Credit Suisse



), up 7.4%,

Bank of the James Financial Group



), up 6.9%,

First Community Corporation



), up 6.4% and

American River Bankshares



), up 5.4%.

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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company's Retail Banking segment provides deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $37.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PNC Financial Services Group

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

First Security Group



), down 7.2%,




), down 7.2%,

Credit Suisse



), down 6.7% and

Carolina Trust Bank



), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the banking industry with

Bank of Montreal



) being today's banking industry laggard.

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