PNC Financial Services Group Inc (PNC): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, PNC Financial Services Group rose $1.05 (1.5%) to $71.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,100,662 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,987,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $70.66-$71.68 after having opened the day at $70.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.46. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 19.5%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 14.4%, Jacksonville Bancorp ( JAXB), up 13.0% and Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), up 12.8%.
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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 $37.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 net income, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, First Security Group ( FSGI), down 17.6%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 8.8%, CMS Bancorp ( CMSB), down 7.2% and Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 5.6% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Validus Holdings ( VR) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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