Deutsche Bank AG (DB): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

Deutsche Bank ( DB) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Deutsche Bank fell 36 cents (-1.1%) to $31.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.71-$31.41 after having opened the day at $31.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.37. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: First United ( FUNC), down 13.3%, Riverview Bancorp ( RVSB), down 7.3%, Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), down 7.3%, and Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation ( SGB), down 6.7%.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $29 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.7, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 8.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Deutsche Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally poor debt management and disappointing return on equity.

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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