Credicorp Ltd (BAP): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

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Credicorp ( BAP) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Credicorp fell $1.44 (-1.2%) to $119.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 232,669 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 298,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $118.64-$120.55 after having opened the day at $120.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.53. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Oak Ridge Financial Services ( BKOR), down 23.5%, Credit Suisse ( UOIL), down 11%, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), down 10.2%, and Bank VA Chesterfield ( BOVA), down 8%.

Credicorp Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in Peru, Bolivia, and Panama. Credicorp has a market cap of $9.61 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, above the average banking industry P/E ratio of 13.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Credicorp a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Alliance Bankshares ( ABVA), up 10.1%, Emclaire Financial Corporation ( EMCF), up 8.5%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 7%, and Southern Missouri Bancorp ( SMBC), up 6.5%, were all gainers within the banking industry with SunTrust Banks ( STI) being today's featured banking industry leader.

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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