The

banking

industry closed the day up 3.8%.

Orrstown Financial Services Inc

(

ORRF

),

Northern States Financial

(

NSFC

),

Ohio Legacy Corporation

(

OLCB

), and

HMN Financial

(

HMNF

) were all decliners today within the banking industry with

United Community Banks Inc

(

UCBI

) being today's featured banking loser. United Community Banks Inc fell 5 cents (-0.6%) to $8.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 538,190 shares of United Community Banks Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 250,500 shares.

United Community Banks, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for United Community Bank that provides retail and corporate banking services. United Community Banks Inc has a market cap of $324.7 million and is part of the

financial

sector. Shares are unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Community Banks as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Bank VA Chesterfield

(

BOVA

),

First Capital Bancorp Inc

(

FCVA

),

Deutsche Bank

(

DB

), and

Barclays

(

BCS

) were all gainers within the banking industry with

Citigroup Inc

(

C

) being today's featured banking industry winner.

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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