3 Stocks Pushing The Banking Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 21 points (-0.2%) at 12,999 as of Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,281 issues advancing vs. 1,584 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.8%, and Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 0.5%.

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

3. Banco Santander ( SAN) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Banco Santander is up $0.05 (0.7%) to $7.67 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Banco Santander exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.63-$7.73 after having opened the day at $7.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.62.

Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate and individual customers in Chile. Banco Santander has a market cap of $76.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Banco Santander a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Banco Santander as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and deteriorating net income. Get the full Banco Santander Ratings Report now.

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