BB&T Corp (BBT): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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BB&T ( BBT) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, BB&T rose $0.60 (1.6%) to $38.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,009,652 shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,688,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.72-$38.06 after having opened the day at $37.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.43. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: MSB Financial Corporation ( MSBF), up 12.6%, Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), up 8.7%, Bank of Ireland (Governor & Co of ( IRE), up 8.4% and Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 8.3%.

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 $26.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 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.

On the negative front, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 12.2%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 10.2%, Rouse Properties ( RSE), down 8.3% and ELEMENTS Linked to SPECTRUM Large Cap U.S ( EEH), down 6.5% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Bank of New York Mellon ( BK) 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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