BB&T Corp (BBT): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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BB&T ( BBT) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, BB&T rose 46 cents (1.7%) to $27.55 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7.1 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.86-$27.70 after having opened the day at $27.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.09. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 79.7%, Bluegreen Corporation ( BXG), up 55.6%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), up 17.2%, and Community Financial ( CFFC), up 14.5%.
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BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company for Branch Banking and Trust Company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $19.21 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate BB&T a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 19 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), down 22.6%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 11.8%, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), down 9.7%, and Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), down 9%, were all laggards within the financial sector with Discover Financial Services ( DFS) being today's financial sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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