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

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BB&T ( BBT) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, BB&T rose $0.41 (1.0%) to $40.19 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,944,254 shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,660,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.92-$40.60 after having opened the day at $40.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.78. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 16.9%, National Security Group ( NSEC), up 12.1%, Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation ( SGB), up 10.9% and China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 9.9%.

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 $27.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share 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, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 9.7%, Howard Bancorp Inc Md ( HBMD), down 8.9%, Eastern Virginia Bankshares ( EVBS), down 7.4% and Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings ( BCRH), down 6.1% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) being today's financial sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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