Credit Suisse Group (CS): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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Credit Suisse Group ( CS) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Credit Suisse Group rose 72 cents (2.6%) to $28.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.91-$28.30 after having opened the day at $27.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.47. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Boston Private Financial Holdings ( BPFH), up 9.1%, WVS Financial ( WVFC), up 8.8%, FS Bancorp ( FSBW), up 7.8%, and Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 6.5%.
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Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $35.69 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Credit Suisse Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

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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