5 Stocks Pushing The Banking Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. A company within the industry that increased today was Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 2.7%, KB Financial Group ( KB), down 2.1% and Deutsche Bank ( DB), down 1.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. HDFC Bank ( HDB) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank is up $1.07 (2.7%) to $40.12 on average volume Thus far, 347,757 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 513,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.05-$40.35 after having opened the day at $39.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.05.

HDFC Bank Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides retail banking, wholesale banking, treasury, and other financial services to individual and business customers in India. HDFC Bank has a market cap of $30.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 47.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HDFC Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full HDFC Bank Ratings Report now.

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