Wells Fargo & Co (WFC): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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Wells Fargo ( WFC) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Wells Fargo rose $0.87 (2.2%) to $40.96 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 37,660,148 shares of Wells Fargo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,556,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.15-$41.20 after having opened the day at $40.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.09. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Patriot National Bancorp ( PNBK), up 14.4%, 1st Century Bancshrs ( FCTY), up 10.1%, Ameriana Bancorp ( ASBI), up 9.8% and Southern Missouri Bancorp ( SMBC), up 8.7%.
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Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services. Wells Fargo has a market cap of $215.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Wells Fargo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Jacksonville Bancorp ( JAXB), down 13.3%, Credit Suisse ( UOIL), down 9.4%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 6.6% and Credit Suisse ( DSLV), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the banking industry with Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) 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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