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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank rose 63 cents (0.8%) to $76.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 876,596 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 699,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.13-$76.93 after having opened the day at $75.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.74. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Severn Bancorp ( SVBI), up 46.6%, New England ( NEBS), up 29.9%, Crescent Financial ( CRFN), up 19.4%, and Credit Suisse ( DOIL), up 13.8%.

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 $70.14 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 11.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), down 18.1%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 16.7%, Monarch Community Bancorp ( MCBF), down 12.2%, and First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), down 12%, were all losers within the banking industry with State Street ( STT) 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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