BankUnited Inc. (BKU): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

BankUnited ( BKU) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, BankUnited fell $0.36 (-1.1%) to $34.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 718,450 shares of BankUnited exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 894,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.91-$34.62 after having opened the day at $34.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.40. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Mackinac Financial Corporation ( MFNC), down 12.5%, Southcoast Financial Corporation ( SOCB), down 3.9%, Eagle Bancorp Montana ( EBMT), down 3.9% and Jacksonville Bancorp ( JXSB), down 3.8%.

BankUnited, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for BankUnited, National Association that provides a range of banking products services to commercial and middle-market businesses, and individual customers in the United States. BankUnited has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate BankUnited a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BankUnited as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and premium valuation.

On the positive front, OBA Financial Services ( OBAF), up 22.1%, Doral Financial ( DRL), up 14.5%, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 8.5% and MainSource Financial Group ( MSFG), up 6.2% , were all gainers within the banking industry with Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) 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).

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.

More from Markets

Asian Markets Decline in Morning Trading

Asian Markets Decline in Morning Trading

Verizon Proves Resilient in Sell-Off; Decoding the Facebook Short -- ICYMI

Verizon Proves Resilient in Sell-Off; Decoding the Facebook Short -- ICYMI

Three Big Factors That Rocked the Stock Market Tuesday

Three Big Factors That Rocked the Stock Market Tuesday

Dow Tumbles Over 400 Points; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Finish Lower

Dow Tumbles Over 400 Points; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Finish Lower

Caterpillar Bulldozes Industrial Sector With Bad News on Earnings Call

Caterpillar Bulldozes Industrial Sector With Bad News on Earnings Call