UBS AG (UBS): Today's Featured Banking Winner

UBS ( UBS) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, UBS rose 10 cents (0.8%) to $12.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.59-$12.79 after having opened the day at $12.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.60. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: CMS Bancorp ( CMSB), up 19%, MBT Financial Corporation ( MBTF), up 18.4%, Crescent Financial ( CRFN), up 13.2%, and First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas ( FFBH), up 11.8%.

UBS AG, a financial services firm, provides wealth management, asset management, and investment banking products and services to private, corporate, and institutional clients worldwide. The company is also involved in retail and commercial banking in Switzerland. UBS has a market cap of $48.14 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, above the average banking industry P/E ratio of 10.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS 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, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Central Federal ( CFBK), down 13.8%, First M&F ( FMFC), down 10.2%, Southcoast Financial Corporation ( SOCB), down 9.9%, and Hancock Holding Company ( HBHC), down 8.7%, 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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