Bank Of Montreal (BMO): Today's Featured Banking Loser

The banking industry closed the day up 0.7%. OptimumBank Holdings Inc ( OPHC), Capital Bank Corporation ( CBKN), Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), and Northern States Financial ( NSFC) were all decliners today within the banking industry with Bank of Montreal ( BMO) being today's featured banking loser. Bank of Montreal fell 56 cents (-1%) to $56.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 679,180 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares.

Bank of Montreal, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of retail banking, wealth management, and investment banking products and solutions in North America and internationally. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $35.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.3, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 10.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Montreal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, weak operating cash flow and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Waccamaw Bankshares Inc ( WBNK), Dearborn Bancorp Inc ( DEAR), Bank VA Chesterfield ( BOVA), and Carver Bancorp Inc ( CARV) 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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