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State Street



) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, State Street rose $0.76 (1.1%) to $68.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,525,266 shares of State Street exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,829,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.25-$69.17 after having opened the day at $68.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.23. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:




), up 14.4%,

Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio



), up 7.4%,

Atlantic Coast Financial



), up 4.3% and

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group



), up 3.8%.

State Street Corporation provides various financial services and products to institutional investors worldwide. State Street has a market cap of $29.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate State Street a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

State Street

as a


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

On the negative front,

OptimumBank Holdings



), down 7.5%,

Doral Financial



), down 5.7%,

China Commercial Credit



), down 5.4% and

WVS Financial



), down 4.6% , were all laggards within the banking industry with




) being today's banking industry laggard.

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) while those bearish on the banking industry could consider

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