Bank Of America Corporation (BAC): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

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Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Bank of America Corporation fell $0.21 (-1.4%) to $14.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 87,767,392 shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 125,383,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.45-$14.70 after having opened the day at $14.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.73. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Old Second Bancorp ( OSBC), down 11.1%, PSB Holdings ( PSBH), down 9.1%, Emclaire Financial Corporation ( EMCF), down 7.5% and Sussex Bancorp ( SBBX), down 6.2%.

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. Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $159.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 26.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Citizens First Corporation ( CZFC), up 21.7%, Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), up 14.5%, Greene County Bancorp ( GCBC), up 8.2% and Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 7.5% , were all gainers within the banking industry with Synovus Financial ( SNV) being today's featured banking industry leader.

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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