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Synovus Financial



) 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, Synovus Financial rose $0.04 (1.2%) to $3.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,394,750 shares of Synovus Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,600,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.28-$3.34 after having opened the day at $3.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.27. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

Citizens First Corporation



), up 21.7%,

Porter Bancorp



), up 14.5%,

Greene County Bancorp



), up 8.2% and

Credit Suisse



), up 7.5%.

Synovus financial corp., a financial services and bank holding company, provides integrated financial services. Its integrated financial services include commercial and retail banking, financial management, insurance, and mortgage services. Synovus Financial has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 36.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Synovus Financial a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Synovus Financial as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

On the negative front,

Old Second Bancorp



), down 11.1%,

PSB Holdings



), down 9.1%,

Emclaire Financial Corporation



), down 7.5% and

Sussex Bancorp



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

Bank of America Corporation



) being today's banking industry laggard.

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