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

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BB&T ( BBT) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, BB&T fell $0.75 (-2.5%) to $29.27 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,307,342 shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,155,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.18-$29.98 after having opened the day at $29.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.02. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 14.6%, Jacksonville Bancorp Inc (FL ( JAXB), down 6.9%, East West Bancorp ( EWBC), down 5.7% and Carrollton Bancorp ( CRRB), down 5.6%.
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BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Stewardship Financial Corporation ( SSFN), down 8.3%, Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), down 7.0%, LSB Financial Corporation ( LSBI), down 6.1% and First Internet Bancorp ( INBK), down 5.5%.

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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