Today's Top Performers In Banking

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 15,449 as of Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 771 issues advancing vs. 2,156 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the industry that increased today was Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), up 0.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 1.1%.

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 $0.04 (0.8%) to $5.36 on light volume. Thus far, 816,913 shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.33-$5.37 after having opened the day at $5.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.32.

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 $93.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who 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 solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Bank of Montreal ( BMO) is up $0.43 (0.7%) to $61.23 on light volume. Thus far, 151,973 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 406,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.34-$61.26 after having opened the day at $60.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.80.

Bank of Montreal provides various retail banking, wealth management, and investment banking products and services in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $39.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Bank of Montreal a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Montreal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Bank of Montreal Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY) is up $0.51 (0.8%) to $61.93 on average volume. Thus far, 335,711 shares of Royal Bank Of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 546,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.07-$61.93 after having opened the day at $61.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.42.

Royal Bank of Canada, a diversified financial service company, provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor, and capital markets products and services worldwide. Royal Bank Of Canada has a market cap of $88.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Royal Bank Of Canada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank Of Canada as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Royal Bank Of Canada Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) is up $0.32 (0.7%) to $43.29 on light volume. Thus far, 288,034 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 822,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.62-$43.31 after having opened the day at $43.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.97.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial and banking services in North America and internationally. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $79.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Toronto-Dominion Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toronto-Dominion Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, 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 Toronto-Dominion Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Deutsche Bank ( DB) is up $0.36 (0.8%) to $47.51 on average volume. Thus far, 546,041 shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 993,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.28-$47.85 after having opened the day at $47.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.15.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services worldwide. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $47.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Deutsche Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Deutsche Bank 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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