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 up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank rose $1.16 (1.5%) to $76.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 310,642 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 704,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.20-$76.58 after having opened the day at $75.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.38. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Hawthorn ( HWBK), up 12.6%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 10.2%, Community West ( CWBC), up 8.1%, and OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 7.8%.

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 $68.78 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 12.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.7% 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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