The banking industry closed the day down 0.7%. Broadway Financial ( BYFC), Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), PSB Holdings Inc ( PSBH), and Mercantile Bancorp Inc ( MBR) were all winners today within the banking industry with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc ( MTU) being today's featured banking winner. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc rose 4 cents (0.9%) to $4.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 969,641 shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services to individual and corporate customers in Japan and internationally. Its Integrated Retail Banking Business Group comprises commercial banking, trust banking, and securities businesses. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc has a market cap of $61.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.6, above the average banking industry P/E ratio of 11.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the negative front, Carrollton Bancorp ( CRRB), Savannah Bancorp Inc ( SAVB), Northern States Financial ( NSFC), and Bancorp of New Jersey Inc ( BKJ) 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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