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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 55 points (0.3%) at 18,183 as of Monday, March 23, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,001 issues advancing vs. 987 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 6.0%.

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 $0.27 (0.5%) to $50.70 on light volume. Thus far, 243,649 shares of Bank of Nova Scotia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 854,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.62-$51.29 after having opened the day at $50.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.43.

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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 $59.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Bank of Nova Scotia Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Bank of Montreal ( BMO) is up $0.55 (0.9%) to $61.09 on light volume. Thus far, 207,887 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 853,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.94-$61.40 after having opened the day at $61.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.54.

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Bank of Montreal offers various banking products and services in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $38.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Bank of Montreal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Montreal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Bank of Montreal Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY) is up $0.48 (0.8%) to $61.24 on light volume. Thus far, 532,257 shares of Royal Bank Of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.02-$61.59 after having opened the day at $61.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.76.

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Royal Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified financial service company worldwide. The company operates through five segments: Personal & Commercial Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance, Investor & Treasury Services, and Capital Markets. Royal Bank Of Canada has a market cap of $85.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 12.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 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 also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Royal Bank Of Canada 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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