Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Fifth Third Bancorp fell $0.21 (-1.1%) to $18.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,581,428 shares of Fifth Third Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,844,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.00-$18.17 after having opened the day at $18.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.26. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 8.7%, Credit Suisse ( DSLV), down 8.1%, Credit Suisse ( DWTI), down 5.8% and Hawthorn ( HWBK), down 5.8%.

Fifth Third Bancorp operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third Bancorp has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Fifth Third Bancorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fifth Third Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), up 18.8%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 13.4%, Altisource Asset Management Corporation ( AAMC), up 13.1% and Tower Group ( TWGP), up 7.0% , were all gainers within the financial sector with General Growth Properties ( GGP) being today's featured financial sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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