Credit Suisse Group (CS): Today's Featured Banking Loser

Credit Suisse Group ( CS) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Credit Suisse Group fell $1.02 (-3.9%) to $25.19 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.89-$25.56 after having opened the day at $25.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.21. Other company's within the Banking industry that declined today were: Central Virginia Bankshares ( CVBK), down 35.5%, Sun Bancorp ( SNBC), down 9.4%, Fidelity Bancorp ( FSBI), down 6.7%, and Camco Financial ( CAFI), down 5.9%.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $31.24 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 17.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Credit Suisse Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Central Federal ( CFBK), up 40%, BancTrust Financial Group ( BTFG), up 19.5%, Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), up 17.7%, and Rurban Financial ( RBNF), up 15.4%, were all gainers within the banking industry with Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) 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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