Credicorp Ltd (BAP): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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Credicorp ( BAP) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Credicorp rose $2.78 (2.0%) to $140.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 602,814 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 408,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $137.87-$142.60 after having opened the day at $137.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $138.00. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), up 6.1%, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 6.0%, First West Virginia Bancorp ( FWV), up 5.7% and Jacksonville Bancorp ( JXSB), up 4.3%.

Credicorp Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services primarily in Peru, the Cayman Islands, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Panama. It operates in four segments: Banking, Insurance, Pension Funds, and Investment Banking. Credicorp has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and premium valuation.

On the negative front, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), down 9.5%, Preferred Bank ( PFBC), down 5.5%, West ( WTBA), down 5.3% and American National Bankshares ( AMNB), down 5.3% , were all laggards within the banking industry with PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) 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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