Dow Today: Bank Of America Corporation (BAC) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 85.0 points (-0.6%) at 15,222 as of Thursday, May 23, 2013, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 248.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 590.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 606 issues advancing vs. 2,275 declining with 109 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 12-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $13.20. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.91 points or roughly accounting for 1.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Bank of America Corporation currently sits at 75.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 142.4 million shares.

Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $144.89 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 15.8% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.3%.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

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