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

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Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Fifth Third Bancorp rose $0.24 (1.2%) to $20.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,178,489 shares of Fifth Third Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,847,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.12-$20.58 after having opened the day at $20.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.34. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 15.0%, QC Holdings ( QCCO), up 13.3%, Walker & Dunlop ( WD), up 13.2% and Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), up 10.0%.

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 $17.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Fifth Third Bancorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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 negative front, Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), down 12.3%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 11.3%, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 8.7% and Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 6.6% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Digital Realty ( DLR) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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