Wells Fargo & Co (WFC): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

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Wells Fargo ( WFC) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Wells Fargo fell $0.59 (-1.2%) to $47.81 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 25,941,407 shares of Wells Fargo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,959,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.48-$48.41 after having opened the day at $48.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.40. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: BofI ( BOFI), down 8.5%, Old Point Financial Corporation ( OPOF), down 5.2%, First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp ( FFNM), down 5.0% and Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), down 4.6%.

Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. Wells Fargo has a market cap of $253.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wells Fargo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wells Fargo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, United Security ( UBFO), up 9.1%, New Century Bancorp ( NCBC), up 5.3%, Norwood Financial Corporation ( NWFL), up 3.6% and LNB Bancorp ( LNBB), up 3.2% , were all gainers within the banking industry with Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) 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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