Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Banking Industry

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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 16,949 as of Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,589 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 0.8%. A company within the industry that fell today was Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), up 1.1%.

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

3. Credicorp ( BAP) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Credicorp is up $1.19 (0.8%) to $154.10 on light volume. Thus far, 78,234 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 273,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $151.50-$154.60 after having opened the day at $152.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.91.

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Credicorp Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides financial and health services primarily in Peru, the Cayman Islands, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Panama. The company operates in four segments: Banking, Insurance, Pension Funds, and Investment Banking. Credicorp has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp 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 company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Credicorp Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, KeyCorp ( KEY) is up $0.10 (0.7%) to $13.36 on light volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of KeyCorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.24-$13.40 after having opened the day at $13.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.27.

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KeyCorp operates as the bank holding company for KeyBank National Association that provides various retail and commercial banking services to individual, corporate, and institutional clients in the United States. KeyCorp has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate KeyCorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KeyCorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, 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 KeyCorp Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Regions Financial ( RF) is up $0.07 (0.7%) to $9.95 on light volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Regions Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.86-$9.99 after having opened the day at $9.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.88.

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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 has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Regions Financial a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Regions Financial 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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