5 Banking Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 14,951 as of Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,968 issues advancing vs. 907 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC), up 6.1%, and HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 2.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Citigroup ( C), up 0.9%.

TheStreet 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 $0.03 (0.6%) to $4.72 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.65-$4.73 after having opened the day at $4.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.69.

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 $81.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 46.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Lloyds Banking Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lloyds Banking Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's revenue growth has not been good. Get the full Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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