State Street Corp (STT): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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State Street ( STT) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, State Street rose $0.70 (1.0%) to $68.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,827,232 shares of State Street exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,290,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $67.75-$69.03 after having opened the day at $68.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.82. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 14.1%, VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN ( UGAZ), up 9.7%, Bank Bradesco ( BBDO), up 7.3% and Wayne Savings ( WAYN), up 6.8%.

State Street Corporation, a financial holding company, provides investment servicing and investment management services to institutional investors worldwide. State Street has a market cap of $29.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate State Street a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates State Street as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN ( DGAZ), down 9.7%, First Internet Bancorp ( INBK), down 8.1%, Community Bank Shares of Indiana ( CBIN), down 4.0% and Patriot National Bancorp ( PNBK), down 3.9%.

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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