5 Stocks Pushing The Banking Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 39 points (-0.2%) at 16,431 as of Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,317 issues advancing vs. 1,618 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.7%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), up 1.3%, Bank of America Corporation ( BAC), up 1.1%, Citigroup ( C), up 0.7% and Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 2.8%.

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

5. SunTrust Banks ( STI) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, SunTrust Banks is up $0.56 (1.5%) to $37.11 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of SunTrust Banks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.80-$37.28 after having opened the day at $36.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.55.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. operates as the holding company for SunTrust Bank that provides various financial services in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, and Mortgage Banking. SunTrust Banks has a market cap of $19.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate SunTrust Banks a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SunTrust Banks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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 SunTrust Banks Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is up $0.44 (1.2%) to $37.37 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.26-$37.58 after having opened the day at $37.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.93.

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 $25.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 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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3. As of noon trading, Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) is up $0.22 (2.2%) to $10.09 on heavy volume. Thus far, 15.3 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.03-$10.18 after having opened the day at $10.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.87.

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 $13.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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2. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is up $0.81 (1.1%) to $77.77 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.26-$77.94 after having opened the day at $77.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.96.

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 $40.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full PNC Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is up $0.46 (1.2%) to $40.52 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.50-$40.84 after having opened the day at $40.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.06.

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 $72.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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 increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, 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 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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