5 Stocks Raising The Banking Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 14,544 as of Monday, April 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,423 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits down 0.41 versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 3.8%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 2.6%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 2.3% and KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Banco De Chile ( BCH), down 1.66, and U.S. Bancorp ( USB), down 0.37.

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

5. Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Lloyds Banking Group is up $0.11 (3.82) to $2.99 on light volume Thus far, 564,764 shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.95-$2.99 after having opened the day at $2.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.88.

Lloyds Banking Group plc provides banking and financial services to personal, commercial, and corporate customers in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company operates in four divisions: Retail; Commercial Banking; Wealth, Asset Finance, and International; and Insurance. Lloyds Banking Group has a market cap of $50.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lloyds Banking Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) is up $0.45 (0.57) to $78.91 on average volume Thus far, 220,662 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 487,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.10-$79.02 after having opened the day at $78.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.46.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial and banking services in North America and internationally. The company's Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking segment offers various financial products and services to personal and small business customers. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $72.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toronto-Dominion Bank as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Toronto-Dominion Bank Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Banco Santander ( SAN) is up $0.10 (1.45) to $7.00 on light volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Banco Santander exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.93-$7.00 after having opened the day at $6.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.90.

Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate and individual customers in Chile. Banco Santander has a market cap of $68.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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2. As of noon trading, UBS ( UBS) is up $0.14 (0.88) to $15.96 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 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 $15.75-$15.97 after having opened the day at $15.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.82.

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 $56.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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1. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is up $0.60 (2.18) to $28.11 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.56-$28.18 after having opened the day at $27.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.51.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services to private, corporate, institutional, and government clients, as well as high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $34.9 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 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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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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