North Central Stock Soars (FFFD)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of North Central (Nasdaq: FFFD) have taken a tremendous swing upward. The stock is trading at $29.65 as of 10 a.m. ET, 34.5% above Monday's closing price of $22.04. Volume is at 834, 0.4 times the daily average of 2,000.

North Central has a market cap of $25.1 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

North Central Bancshares, Inc. operates as the holding company for First Federal Savings Bank of Iowa that offers banking services in the central, north central, and southeastern parts of Iowa. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, above the average banking industry P/E ratio of 14.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates North Central as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. You can view the full North Central Ratings Report.

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