Today's Top Performers In Banking

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 79 points (0.6%) at 14,527 as of Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,808 issues advancing vs. 1,104 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include BanColombia ( CIB), up 2.4%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 2.0% and State Street ( STT), up 1.0%.

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

5. Bank of Montreal ( BMO) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Bank of Montreal is up $0.61 (1.0%) to $62.99 on light volume Thus far, 163,204 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 437,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.75-$63.03 after having opened the day at $62.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.38.

Bank of Montreal, together with its subsidiaries, provides various retail banking, wealth management, and investment banking products and services in North America and internationally. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $40.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Bank of Montreal a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Montreal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Bank of Montreal Ratings Report now.

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