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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 16 points (-0.1%) at 18,209 as of Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,413 issues advancing vs. 1,538 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY), up 0.6%, and JPMorgan Chase ( JPM), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include State Street ( STT), down 2.5%, and Bank of America Corporation ( BAC), down 1.6%.

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

3. Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Bank of Nova Scotia is up $0.76 (1.4%) to $53.73 on average volume. Thus far, 479,967 shares of Bank of Nova Scotia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 871,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.98-$54.07 after having opened the day at $53.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.97.

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The Bank of Nova Scotia provides various personal, commercial, corporate, and investment banking services in Canada and internationally. Bank of Nova Scotia has a market cap of $63.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Bank of Nova Scotia a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Nova Scotia as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been unimpressive growth in net income over time. Get the full Bank of Nova Scotia Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank ( HDB) is up $0.62 (1.0%) to $60.98 on average volume. Thus far, 731,115 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.18-$60.98 after having opened the day at $60.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.36.

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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 $48.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) is up $0.63 (1.4%) to $44.07 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.00-$44.16 after having opened the day at $43.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.44.

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The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial and banking services in North America and internationally. The company operates through Canadian Retail, U.S. Retail, and Wholesale Banking segments. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $78.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. 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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