Regions Financial Corporation (RF): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Regions Financial Corporation rose $0.12 (1.3%) to $9.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 20,819,632 shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,584,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.19-$9.47 after having opened the day at $9.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.18. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Crescent Financial ( VSB), up 12.8%, Anchor Bancorp ( ANCB), up 8.7%, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), up 7.0% and Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), up 6.1%.

Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Business Services, Consumer Services, and Wealth Management. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 28.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, DNB Financial Corporation ( DNBF), down 9.6%, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), down 5.2%, Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), down 4.8% and BNC Bancorp ( BNCN), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the banking industry with Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) being today's banking industry laggard.

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