HDB, PNC And USB, 3 Banking Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 15,467 as of Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,986 issues advancing vs. 913 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Banco De Chile ( BCH), up 4.0%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.9%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 1.9%, UBS ( UBS), up 1.5% and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), up 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. HDFC Bank ( HDB) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry lower today. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank is down $0.46 (-1.3%) to $35.80 on average volume. Thus far, 370,872 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 673,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.51-$36.10 after having opened the day at $35.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.25.

HDFC Bank Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services to individuals and businesses in India, as well as in Bahrain and Hong Kong. The company operates in four segments: Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, Treasury, and Other Banking Operations. HDFC Bank has a market cap of $29.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HDFC Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full HDFC Bank Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is down $0.59 (-0.8%) to $73.91 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.58-$74.38 after having opened the day at $73.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.50.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company's Retail Banking segment provides deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $39.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 28.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full PNC Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is down $0.68 (-1.8%) to $36.59 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.0 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.15-$36.85 after having opened the day at $36.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.27.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. Its services include lending and depository services, cash management, capital market, and trust and investment management services. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $69.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 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 growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full U.S. Bancorp 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).

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