BB&T Corp (BBT): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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BB&T ( BBT) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, BB&T fell 75 cents (-2.4%) to $30.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.67-$31.20 after having opened the day at $30.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.73. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: MBT Financial Corporation ( MBTF), down 9.6%, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 8.6%, Doral Financial ( DRL), down 8.3%, and Tree.com ( TREE), down 8.2%.
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BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company for Branch Banking and Trust Company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate BB&T a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 33.9%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 22.6%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 14.8%, and MicroFinancial ( MFI), up 10.8%, were all gainers within the financial sector with Invesco ( IVZ) being today's featured financial sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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