5 Stocks Boosting The Banking Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 5 points (0.0%) at 16,485 as of Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,370 issues advancing vs. 1,569 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), up 0.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.7%.

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

5. Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The is up $0.16 (1.5%) to $11.20 on light volume. Thus far, 349,850 shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 982,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.19-$11.25 after having opened the day at $11.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.04.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services to personal, commercial, corporate, and institutional customers worldwide. Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The has a market cap of $34.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is up $0.40 (1.3%) to $31.02 on light volume. Thus far, 288,406 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.92-$31.10 after having opened the day at $30.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.62.

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 $48.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Credit Suisse Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Credit Suisse Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank ( HDB) is up $0.35 (1.0%) to $34.35 on light volume. Thus far, 178,988 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 984,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.06-$34.52 after having opened the day at $34.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.00.

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 $27.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 16.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full HDFC Bank Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, UBS ( UBS) is up $0.18 (0.9%) to $19.19 on light volume. Thus far, 617,645 shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.13-$19.24 after having opened the day at $19.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.01.

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 $72.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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1. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is up $0.78 (1.0%) to $78.04 on light volume. Thus far, 689,403 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.19-$78.15 after having opened the day at $77.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.26.

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 $41.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 32.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 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 solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full PNC Financial Services 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).
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