3 Banking Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 120 points (-0.7%) at 17,956 as of Thursday, June 4, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 740 issues advancing vs. 2,233 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include KB Financial Group ( KB), down 2.8%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 2.1%, Bank of America Corporation ( BAC), down 0.6% and U.S. Bancorp ( USB), down 0.6%.

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

3. Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil is up $0.10 (2.0%) to $5.14 on average volume. Thus far, 576,095 shares of Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.02-$5.18 after having opened the day at $5.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.04.

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Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. provides banking products and services in Brazil and internationally. It offers commercial banking, investment, mortgage, leasing, credit card, and foreign exchange services, as well as various lending and financing services. Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil has a market cap of $38.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS) is up $0.09 (0.8%) to $10.82 on average volume. Thus far, 418,834 shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 642,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.79-$10.92 after having opened the day at $10.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.73.

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The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services to personal, commercial, corporate, and institutional customers worldwide. Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The has a market cap of $61.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is up $0.26 (0.9%) to $27.87 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.86-$28.28 after having opened the day at $28.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.61.

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Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services to private, corporate, institutional, government clients, and high-net-worth individuals, as well as affluent and retail clients worldwide. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $42.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Credit Suisse Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group 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 Credit Suisse Group 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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