PNC Financial Services Group Inc (PNC): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) 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, PNC Financial Services Group rose 79 cents (1.4%) to $56.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.2 million shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.25-$56.36 after having opened the day at $55.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.35. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Oak Ridge Financial Services ( BKOR), up 26.3%, Greene County Bancorp ( GCBC), up 9.3%, BNC Bancorp ( BNCN), up 9.2%, and Credit Suisse ( DSLV), up 6.5%.
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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company's Retail Banking segment provides deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $29.27 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), down 25.3%, Old Second Bancorp ( OSBC), down 15.1%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 7.9%, and Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), down 7.5%, were all laggards within the banking industry with First Horizon National ( FHN) 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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