Bank Of America Corporation (BAC): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Bank of America Corporation rose 15 cents (1.2%) to $12.71 on average volume. Throughout the day, 240.5 million shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 166.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.59-$12.94 after having opened the day at $12.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.56. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Broadway Financial ( BYFC), up 13.3%, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 8.3%, Hamilton Bancorp ( HBK), up 8.1%, and Sussex Bancorp ( SBBX), up 5.4%.
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Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small and middle market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $136.01 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Emclaire Financial Corporation ( EMCF), down 7.5%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 7.2%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 6.8%, and Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation ( SGB), down 6.3%, were all laggards within the banking industry with Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN) 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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