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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Credicorp rose $2.95 (2.1%) to $143.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 337,383 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 385,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $140.79-$144.00 after having opened the day at $140.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $140.80. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Popular ( BPOP), up 7.6%, Mid Penn Bancorp ( MPB), up 6.3%, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 5.7% and Severn Bancorp ( SVBI), up 4.9%.

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 $11.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, Pacific Premier Bancorp ( PPBI), down 8.0%, Flagstar Bancorp ( FBC), down 6.1%, Preferred Bank ( PFBC), down 5.9% and Ameriana Bancorp ( ASBI), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the banking industry with Ocwen Financial ( OCN) 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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