4 Banking Stocks Nudging The 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 0 points (0.0%) at 15,915 as of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 3.4%, Bank of America Corporation ( BAC), up 0.9% and JPMorgan Chase ( JPM), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 1.6%, and Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD), down 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. UBS ( UBS) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, UBS is up $0.16 (0.9%) to $18.60 on light volume. Thus far, 757,880 shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.32-$18.60 after having opened the day at $18.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.44.

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 $72.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins. Get the full UBS Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is up $0.70 (2.0%) to $34.99 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.52-$35.00 after having opened the day at $34.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.29.

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 $24.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 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 expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full BB&T Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) is up $0.23 (2.4%) to $9.78 on average volume. Thus far, 8.3 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.55-$9.82 after having opened the day at $9.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.55.

Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Business Services, Consumer Services, and Wealth Management. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Regions Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is up $0.67 (1.7%) to $39.19 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.9 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.66-$39.22 after having opened the day at $38.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.52.

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 $71.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full U.S. Bancorp Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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