Regions Financial Corporation (RF): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

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Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Regions Financial Corporation fell $0.15 (-1.4%) to $10.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,374,303 shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,787,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.83-$11.06 after having opened the day at $11.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.05. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), down 14.7%, VelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETN ( UWTI), down 5.5%, QC Holdings ( QCCO), down 5.4% and First Citizens Banc ( FCZA), down 5.0%.

Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Business Services, Consumer Services, and Wealth Management. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 12.8%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 12.7%, Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation ( SGB), up 6.0% and Baylake ( BYLK), up 5.3% , were all gainers within the banking industry with HDFC Bank ( HDB) 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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