Deutsche Bank AG (DB): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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Deutsche Bank ( DB) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Deutsche Bank rose $0.81 (1.8%) to $45.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 847,808 shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,088,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.86-$45.44 after having opened the day at $45.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.49. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), up 9.2%, Grupo Financiero Galicia ( GGAL), up 7.4%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 7.0% and OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 5.6%.

In February 2009, Deutsche Bank received approval from Germany's antitrust regulator to acquire a majority stake in Postbank, a retail banking operation; as of 6/7/2009, DB owned 30% of Deutsche Postbank's shares. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $45.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Deutsche Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN ( DGAZ), down 6.6%, Intermountain Community Bancorp ( IMCB), down 5.9%, VelocityShares 3x Long Brent Crude ETN ( UOIL), down 5.6% and HMN Financial ( HMNF), down 5.6% , were all laggards within the banking industry with M&T Bank ( MTB) 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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