PNC Financial Services Group Inc (PNC): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, PNC Financial Services Group fell $1.09 (-1.5%) to $72.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,621,394 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,093,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.65-$73.87 after having opened the day at $73.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.05. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 14.5%, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), down 10.3%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 10.2% and Bank of the James Financial Group ( BOTJ), down 8.8%.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company's Retail Banking segment provides deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $39.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 27.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Trade Street Residential ( TSRE), up 7.6%, eHealth ( EHTH), up 7.1%, Bank Bradesco ( BBDO), up 6.9% and Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 6.7%.

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