3 Banking Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 18,317 as of Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,119 issues advancing vs. 1,843 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.3%, Bank of America Corporation ( BAC), up 1.2%, Citigroup ( C), up 1.0%, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM), up 0.8% and ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 0.8%, and Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS), down 0.5%.

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

3. PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group is up $0.77 (0.8%) to $95.40 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.66-$95.60 after having opened the day at $94.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.63.

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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $48.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full PNC Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is up $0.37 (0.8%) to $44.57 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.28-$44.67 after having opened the day at $44.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.20.

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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 $77.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full U.S. Bancorp Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wells Fargo ( WFC) is up $0.66 (1.2%) to $56.41 on average volume. Thus far, 9.3 million shares of Wells Fargo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.89-$56.70 after having opened the day at $55.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.75.

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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 $285.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Wells Fargo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Wells Fargo 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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