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

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Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Regions Financial Corporation rose 7 cents (1.1%) to $6.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14.7 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.35-$6.55 after having opened the day at $6.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.38. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), up 12.1%, Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), up 10.3%, Credit Suisse ( UOIL), up 8.4%, and Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 7.9%.
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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 $9.23 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 13 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), down 17.3%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 11.2%, Bank of the James Financial Group ( BOTJ), down 10.7%, and Riverview Bancorp ( RVSB), down 9.2%, were all laggards within the banking industry with M&T Bank ( MTB) 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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