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

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UBS ( UBS) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, UBS fell 29 cents (-1.8%) to $15.52 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9.7 million shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.11-$15.63 after having opened the day at $15.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.81. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Mayflower Bancorp ( MFLR), down 4.8%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), down 4.4%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 4.2%, and Credit Suisse ( UOIL), down 3.9%.
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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 $61.57 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 12.7%, Southern First ( SFST), up 9.8%, Rurban Financial ( RBNF), up 7.5%, and Old Second Bancorp ( OSBC), up 6.5%, were all gainers within the banking industry with Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN) 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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