3 Stocks Pushing The Banking Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 15,994 as of Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,823 issues advancing vs. 1,044 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 2.3%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 1.7%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.6% and PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), down 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group is up $0.23 (0.7%) to $31.35 on average volume. Thus far, 494,770 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 799,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.10-$31.36 after having opened the day at $31.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.12.

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 $49.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who 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, reasonable valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Credit Suisse Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY) is up $0.57 (0.9%) to $64.75 on light volume. Thus far, 145,758 shares of Royal Bank Of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 552,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.83-$64.76 after having opened the day at $63.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.18.

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 $91.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Royal Bank Of Canada Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) is up $0.28 (0.6%) to $44.58 on light volume. Thus far, 215,805 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 842,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.05-$44.59 after having opened the day at $44.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.30.

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 $81.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. 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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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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