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Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Bank of America Corporation rose $0.34 (2.1%) to $16.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 96,247,940 shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 93,873,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.53-$16.77 after having opened the day at $16.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.43. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 8.9%, First West Virginia Bancorp ( FWV), up 6.7%, Riverview Bancorp ( RVSB), up 5.8% and Jacksonville Bancorp ( JAXB), up 5.5%.

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small and middle market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $178.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, MSB Financial Corporation ( MSBF), down 10.6%, Credit Suisse ( TVIX), down 7.9%, Mackinac Financial Corporation ( MFNC), down 4.5% and Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the banking industry with Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN) being today's banking industry laggard.

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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