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SunTrust Banks

(

STI

) 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, SunTrust Banks rose $0.56 (1.6%) to $36.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,029,353 shares of SunTrust Banks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,678,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.63-$36.42 after having opened the day at $35.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.85. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

OptimumBank Holdings

(

OPHC

), up 15.0%,

QC Holdings

(

QCCO

), up 13.3%,

Grupo Financiero Galicia

(

GGAL

), up 7.1% and

Bbva Banco FrancesS.A

(

BFR

), up 7.0%.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. operates as the holding company for SunTrust Bank that provides various financial services in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, and Mortgage Banking. SunTrust Banks has a market cap of $19.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate SunTrust Banks a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

SunTrust Banks

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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(

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), down 6.6%,

Credit Suisse

(

TVIX

), down 3.3%,

LSB Financial Corporation

(

LSBI

), down 3.1% and

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(

UBCP

), down 3.1%.

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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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