Regions Financial Corporation (RF): Today's Featured Banking Loser

Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Regions Financial Corporation fell 20 cents (-3%) to $6.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18.8 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.35-$6.68 after having opened the day at $6.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.63. Other company's within the Banking industry that declined today were: OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 9.7%, Rurban Financial ( RBNF), down 8.6%, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), down 7.2%, and Ameriana Bancorp ( ASBI), down 7.1%.

Regions Financial Corporation operates as the holding company for Regions Bank that provides a range of commercial, retail, and mortgage banking services in the United States. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $9.44 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

On the positive front, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), up 97.5%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), up 15.9%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 14.7%, and CMS Bancorp ( CMSB), up 13.2%, were all gainers within the banking industry with JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) 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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