Today's Top Performers In Banking

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 16,415 as of Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,581 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 1.6%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 0.8% and Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), down 1.2%, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 0.6%.

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

3. UBS ( UBS) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, UBS is up $0.25 (1.2%) to $20.22 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.18-$20.32 after having opened the day at $20.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.97.

UBS AG, a financial services firm, provides retail, wealth management, corporate and institutional banking, asset management, and investment banking products and services worldwide. The company's Wealth Management division provides financial services to high net worth individuals. UBS has a market cap of $76.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full UBS Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Deutsche Bank ( DB) is up $0.70 (1.6%) to $44.18 on average volume. Thus far, 746,292 shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.01-$44.33 after having opened the day at $44.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.48.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services worldwide. Its Corporate Banking & Securities division is engaged in selling, trading, and structuring a range of fixed income, equity, equity-linked, foreign exchange, and commodities products. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $44.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Deutsche Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been the stock's relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Deutsche Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, State Street ( STT) is up $0.71 (1.1%) to $65.62 on light volume. Thus far, 836,059 shares of State Street exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.88-$65.82 after having opened the day at $65.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.91.

State Street Corporation provides various financial services and products to institutional investors worldwide. State Street has a market cap of $27.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate State Street a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates State Street as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full State Street 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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