UBS AG (UBS): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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UBS ( UBS) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, UBS rose 28 cents (1.6%) to $17.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.4 million shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.24-$17.53 after having opened the day at $17.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.12. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 37.3%, HMN Financial ( HMNF), up 29%, Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), up 25.6%, and Jacksonville Bancorp Inc (FL ( JAXB), up 25.4%.
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UBS AG, a financial services firm, provides wealth management, asset management, and investment banking products and services to private, corporate, and institutional clients worldwide. The company is also involved in retail and commercial banking in Switzerland. UBS has a market cap of $66.09 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), down 12.4%, Flagstar Bancorp ( FBC), down 12.2%, Texas Capital ( TCBI), down 8.8%, and Waterstone Financial ( WSBF), down 7.6%, were all laggards within the banking industry with Credicorp ( BAP) 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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