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

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Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Bank of America Corporation rose $0.23 (1.6%) to $14.57 on light volume. Throughout the day, 73,584,705 shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 114,764,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.40-$14.60 after having opened the day at $14.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.34. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Bank Bradesco ( BBDO), up 21.2%, Chicopee Bancorp ( CBNK), up 12.4%, China Commercial Credit ( CCCR), up 8.7% and Bank of Ireland (Governor & Co of ( IRE), up 8.7%.

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 $153.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Intermountain Community Bancorp ( IMCB), down 8.6%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), down 7.4%, State Investors Bancorp ( SIBC), down 6.4% and Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 5.9%.

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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