Comerica Inc (CMA): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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Comerica ( CMA) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Comerica rose 34 cents (1.1%) to $31.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Comerica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.58-$31.16 after having opened the day at $30.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.69. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Bank VA Chesterfield ( BOVA), up 13.1%, Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), up 8.4%, Auburn National ( AUBN), up 8.1%, and Waterstone Financial ( WSBF), up 6.3%.

Comerica Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, provides financial products and services primarily in Texas, Arizona, California, Florida, and Michigan. Comerica has a market cap of $5.95 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Comerica a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comerica as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 9.4%, Naugatuck Valley Financial Corporation ( NVSL), down 6.4%, WSB Holdings ( WSB), down 5.7%, and Oak Ridge Financial Services ( BKOR), down 5.5%, were all laggards within the banking industry with Citigroup ( C) 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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