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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.3%) at 17,726 as of Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,332 issues advancing vs. 1,642 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 0.9%, Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS), down 1.3%, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), down 1.2% and Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 1.0%.

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

3. Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV is up $0.17 (1.5%) to $11.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.30-$11.83 after having opened the day at $11.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.21.

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Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico, S.A.B. de C.V. provides various banking services in Mexico. The company's deposit products include current accounts, savings accounts, and time deposits, as well as certificates of interbank deposit. Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation. Get the full Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank ( HDB) is up $1.61 (2.8%) to $58.18 on average volume. Thus far, 524,246 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.82-$58.44 after having opened the day at $56.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.57.

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HDFC Bank Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses in India, as well as in Bahrain and Hong Kong. The company operates in four segments: Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, Treasury, and Other Banking Operations. HDFC Bank has a market cap of $46.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HDFC Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full HDFC Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is up $0.40 (0.9%) to $43.68 on average volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.14-$43.80 after having opened the day at $43.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.28.

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U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $76.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full U.S. Bancorp 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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