The banking industry closed the day down 1.5%. Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), Princeton National Bancorp Inc ( PNBC), Mackinac Financial Corporation ( MFNC), and Magyar Bancorp Inc ( MGYR) were all winners today within the banking industry with Simmons First National Corporation ( SFNC) being today's featured banking winner. Simmons First National Corporation rose 28 cents (1.3%) to $21.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 38,757 shares of Simmons First National Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44,000 shares.

Simmons First National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of banking products and services to individual and corporate customers in Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas. Simmons First National Corporation has a market cap of $358.1 million and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simmons First as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Carver Bancorp Inc ( CARV), FNB NC Corporation ( FNBN), PremierWest Bancorp ( PRWT), and Enterprise Bancorp Inc ( EBTC) were all losers within the banking industry with Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) being today's banking industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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