3. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is up $0.70 (2.0%) to $34.99 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.52-$35.00 after having opened the day at $34.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.29.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $24.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full BB&T Ratings Report now.

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