5 Stocks Pushing The Banking Industry Lower

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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%. 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%. A company within the industry that increased today was Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), up 0.5%.

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

5. BB&T ( BBT) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry lower today. As of noon trading, BB&T is down $0.27 (-0.9%) to $28.18 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.18-$28.52 after having opened the day at $28.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.45.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company for Branch Banking and Trust Company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 19 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full BB&T Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, SunTrust Banks ( STI) is down $0.36 (-1.3%) to $27.04 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of SunTrust Banks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.01-$27.50 after having opened the day at $27.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.40.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. operates as the holding company for SunTrust Bank, which provides various financial services in the United States. SunTrust Banks has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 52.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate SunTrust Banks a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SunTrust Banks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full SunTrust Banks Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is down $0.30 (-0.9%) to $31.95 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.95-$32.35 after having opened the day at $32.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.25.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides various banking and financial services in the United States. The company offers depository services, such as checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $60.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates U.S. Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full U.S. Bancorp Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wells Fargo ( WFC) is down $0.34 (-1.0%) to $32.58 on light volume Thus far, 6.7 million shares of Wells Fargo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.56-$33.00 after having opened the day at $32.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.92.

Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services. The company operates in three segments: Community Banking; Wholesale Banking; and Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement. Wells Fargo has a market cap of $170.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Wells Fargo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wells Fargo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Wells Fargo Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Citigroup ( C) is down $0.26 (-0.7%) to $35.74 on light volume Thus far, 10.0 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.70-$36.09 after having opened the day at $36.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.00.

Citigroup, Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides a range of financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. Citigroup has a market cap of $105.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Citigroup Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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