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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4. As of noon trading, Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY) is up $0.31 (0.5%) to $60.23 on average volume Thus far, 227,823 shares of Royal Bank Of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 493,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.07-$60.51 after having opened the day at $60.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.92.

Royal Bank of Canada provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor and treasury, and capital markets services worldwide. Royal Bank Of Canada has a market cap of $86.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Royal Bank Of Canada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank Of Canada as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Royal Bank Of Canada Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, UBS ( UBS) is up $0.14 (0.9%) to $15.57 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.46-$15.64 after having opened the day at $15.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.43.

UBS AG, a financial services firm, provides wealth management, asset management, and investment banking products and services worldwide. Its Wealth Management division provides financial services to high net worth individuals worldwide. UBS has a market cap of $58.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full UBS Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is up $0.17 (0.6%) to $26.57 on average volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.41-$26.72 after having opened the day at $26.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.40.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $35.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Credit Suisse Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Credit Suisse Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is up $0.28 (0.9%) to $31.10 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.83-$31.21 after having opened the day at $30.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.82.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $21.6 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 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 18 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full BB&T 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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