Zions Bancorporation (ZION): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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Zions ( ZION) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Zions rose $0.53 (2.0%) to $27.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,806,668 shares of Zions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,991,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.69-$27.65 after having opened the day at $26.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.93. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Credit Suisse ( DSLV), up 23.5%, Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), up 9.2%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 5.5% and Credit Suisse ( DWTI), up 5.5%.
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Zions Bancorporation, a financial holding company, provides banking and related services in the United States. Zions has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Zions a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Credit Suisse ( UWTI), down 9.8%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 9.5%, Home Federal Bancorp ( HOME), down 6.9% and Credit Suisse ( UOIL), down 6.6% , were all laggards within the banking industry with UBS ( UBS) 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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