First Horizon National Corp (FHN): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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First Horizon National ( FHN) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, First Horizon National rose 19 cents (2.3%) to $8.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of First Horizon National exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.55-$8.70 after having opened the day at $8.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.42. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Hudson City Bancorp ( HCBK), up 15.7%, Carolina Bank Holdings ( CLBH), up 15.4%, Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), up 11.8%, and PVF Capital ( PVFC), up 7.9%.

First Horizon National Corporation operates as a bank holding company for First Tennessee Bank National Association that provides various financial services. It offers general banking services for consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments. First Horizon National has a market cap of $2.14 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.2, above the average banking industry P/E ratio of 22.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate First Horizon National a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Horizon National as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 9.7%, Bank VA Chesterfield ( BOVA), down 8.9%, First United ( FUNC), down 7.9%, and Athens Bancshares Corporation ( AFCB), down 7.7%, were all laggards within the banking industry with Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) being today's banking industry laggard.

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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