Hudson City Bancorp Inc. (HCBK): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

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Hudson City Bancorp ( HCBK) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Hudson City Bancorp fell 9 cents (-1.1%) to $7.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Hudson City Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.94-$8.09 after having opened the day at $8.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.04. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Credit Suisse ( DWTI), down 6.5%, Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation ( SGB), down 5.9%, United ( UBOH), down 5.8%, and First Citizens Banc ( FCZA), down 5.8%.
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Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company of Hudson City Savings Bank that provides retail banking services in the United States. Hudson City Bancorp has a market cap of $4.26 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Hudson City Bancorp a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hudson City Bancorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), up 26.3%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 12.6%, Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), up 8.4%, and Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), up 8.3%, were all gainers within the banking industry with Wells Fargo ( WFC) 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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