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 0.3%. By the end of trading, UBS fell $0.32 (-1.7%) to $18.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,179,040 shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,371,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.27-$18.48 after having opened the day at $18.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.62. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: VelocityShares 3x Long Silver ETN linked to ( USLV), down 11.9%, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 7.0%, VelocityShares 3x Long Gold ETN linked to t ( UGLD), down 6.6% and ICICI Bank ( IBN), down 4.8%.

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 $71.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

On the positive front, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Silver ETN S&P GS ( DSLV), up 11.3%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Gold ETN linked t ( DGLD), up 6.4%, Sun Bancorp ( SNBC), up 6.1% and BNC Bancorp ( BNCN), up 5.3% , were all gainers within the banking industry with BB&T ( BBT) 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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