1. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is down $0.31 (-0.9%) to $33.62 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.33-$34.07 after having opened the day at $34.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.93.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $23.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full BB&T Ratings Report now.

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