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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 up 0.8%. By the end of trading, PNC Financial Services Group rose $0.80 (1.0%) to $77.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,824,460 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,013,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $76.39-$77.49 after having opened the day at $76.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.61. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

OptimumBank Holdings



), up 15.4%,

German American Bancorp



), up 4.9%,

Sun Bancorp



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), up 4.9% and

Credit Suisse



), up 4.6%.

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 $40.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 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 solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Credit Suisse



), down 4.8%,

Credit Suisse



), down 3.1%,

Credit Suisse



), down 2.9% and

New Hampshire Thrift



), down 2.1%.

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