UBS AG (UBS): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

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UBS ( UBS) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, UBS fell $0.25 (-1.2%) to $20.52 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,910,326 shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,799,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.39-$20.60 after having opened the day at $20.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.77. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), down 6.6%, Bank of the James Financial Group ( BOTJ), down 4.7%, C&F Financial Corporation ( CFFI), down 4.4% and Summit Financial Group ( SMMF), down 3.6%.

UBS AG, a financial services firm, provides wealth management, asset management, and investment banking products and services worldwide. Its Wealth Management division provides financial services to high net worth individuals worldwide. UBS has a market cap of $79.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 31.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, BBX Capital ( BBX), up 10.4%, DNB Financial Corporation ( DNBF), up 6.5%, Landmark Bancorp ( LARK), up 6.3% and Yadkin Valley Financial Corporation ( YAVY), up 6.1% , were all gainers within the banking industry with First Niagara Financial Group ( FNFG) being today's featured banking industry leader.

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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