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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 65 points (0.4%) at 18,102 as of Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 945 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS), up 2.2%, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM), up 2.1%, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), up 1.6%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), up 0.8% and Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 0.7%.

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

3. Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Bank Of Canada is up $0.98 (1.5%) to $65.32 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Royal Bank Of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.13-$65.34 after having opened the day at $64.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.34.

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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 $91.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Wells Fargo ( WFC) is up $0.42 (0.8%) to $54.61 on average volume. Thus far, 7.5 million shares of Wells Fargo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.19-$54.80 after having opened the day at $54.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.19.

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Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. Wells Fargo has a market cap of $280.9 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 11 analysts who rate Wells Fargo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Citigroup ( C) is up $0.51 (1.0%) to $53.24 on average volume. Thus far, 9.3 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.75-$53.38 after having opened the day at $52.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.73.

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Citigroup Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services for consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. Citigroup has a market cap of $159.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Citigroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Citigroup 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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