Financial Sector Underperformer Of The Day: PNC Financial Services Group Inc (PNC)

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PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, PNC Financial Services Group fell 67 cents (-1%) to $66.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.83-$66.62 after having opened the day at $66.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.70. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 9.2%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 7.5%, Piper Jaffray Cos ( PJC), down 5.8%, and Donegal Group ( DGICA), down 4.9%.
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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company's Retail Banking segment provides deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $35.01 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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