Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank rose 55 cents (0.8%) to $70.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 852,080 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 747,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.93-$70.69 after having opened the day at $70.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.01. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), up 45%, Bank of the Carolinas ( BCAR), up 41.2%, Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), up 22.5%, and Berkshire Bancorp ( BERK), up 14.2%.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial and banking services in North America and internationally. The company's Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking segment offers various financial products and services to personal and small business customers. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $62.67 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Toronto-Dominion Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toronto-Dominion Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Northern States Financial ( NSFC), down 19.6%, Jacksonville Bancorp Inc (FL ( JAXB), down 13.9%, Monarch Community Bancorp ( MCBF), down 11.4%, and Tennessee Commerce Bancorp ( TNCC), down 11.1%, were all losers within the banking industry with PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) being today's banking industry loser.

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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