New York Community Bancorp Inc. (NYCB): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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New York Community Bancorp ( NYCB) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, New York Community Bancorp rose $0.17 (1.1%) to $15.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,592,713 shares of New York Community Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,270,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.90-$15.09 after having opened the day at $14.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.91. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: VelocityShares 3x Inverse Silver ETN S&P GS ( DSLV), up 17.2%, DNB Financial Corporation ( DNBF), up 8.0%, Guaranty Federal ( GFED), up 7.4% and Central Federal ( CFBK), up 7.2%.

New York Community Bancorp, Inc. operates as a multi-bank holding company for New York Community Bank and New York Commercial Bank that offer banking products and financial services in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, and Arizona. New York Community Bancorp has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate New York Community Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates New York Community Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation ( SGB), down 6.3%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN ( DGAZ), down 6.3%, Bank Bradesco ( BBDO), down 6.3% and Popular ( BPOP), down 5.2% , 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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