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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 17,966 as of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,566 issues advancing vs. 1,391 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was

Lloyds Banking Group

(

LYG

), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

JPMorgan Chase

(

JPM

), down 1.1%, and

Citigroup

(

C

), down 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

(

MTU

) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is up $0.25 (3.5%) to $7.18 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.15-$7.18 after having opened the day at $7.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.93.

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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has a market cap of $96.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 25.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Northern

(

NTRS

) is up $1.69 (2.4%) to $71.92 on heavy volume. Thus far, 993,782 shares of Northern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.12-$72.54 after having opened the day at $72.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.23.

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Northern Trust Corporation, a financial holding company, provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary, and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families, and individuals worldwide. Northern has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Northern a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Northern

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Northern Ratings Report

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1. As of noon trading,

Fifth Third Bancorp

(

FITB

) is up $0.49 (2.6%) to $19.48 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.9 million shares of Fifth Third Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.15-$19.60 after having opened the day at $19.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.99.

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Fifth Third Bancorp operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. It operates through four segments: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third Bancorp has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Fifth Third Bancorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Fifth Third Bancorp

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full

Fifth Third Bancorp Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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