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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Regions Financial Corporation

(

RF

) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Regions Financial Corporation fell 7 cents (-1%) to $6.96 on light volume. Throughout the day, 12.5 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.95-$7.09 after having opened the day at $7.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.03. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were:

Porter Bancorp

(

PBIB

), down 16.3%,

Credit Suisse

(

DSLV

), down 13.1%,

Atlantic Coast Financial

(

ACFC

), down 11.9%, and

Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania

(

RBPAA

), down 8.2%.

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Regions Financial Corporation operates as the holding company for Regions Bank that provides a range of commercial, retail, and mortgage banking services in the United States. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $9.96 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 64% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a

buy

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

On the positive front,

Broadway Financial

(

BYFC

), up 15.1%,

VelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETN

(

UWTI

), up 7.4%,

Crescent Financial

(

CRFN

), up 6.9%, and

Plumas Bancorp

(

PLBC

), up 6.7%, were all gainers within the banking industry with

Banco Santander

(

SAN

) being today's featured banking industry leader.

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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