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

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BB&T ( BBT) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, BB&T rose $0.53 (1.4%) to $39.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,708,493 shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,047,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.77-$39.34 after having opened the day at $38.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.78. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: ConnectOne Bancorp ( CNOB), up 21.7%, Signature Bank ( SBNY), up 13.6%, Center Bancorp ( CNBC), up 9.0% and Credit Suisse ( UGAZ), up 8.9%.

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 $27.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 8.7%, Credit Suisse ( USLV), down 5.9%, Community Financial ( TCFC), down 5.6% and Georgetown Bancorp ( GTWN), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the banking industry with Deutsche Bank ( DB) 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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