3 Banking Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 17,609 as of Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,652 issues advancing vs. 1,385 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

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 (1.9%) to $5.40 on average volume. Thus far, 480,169 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 $5.32-$5.43 after having opened the day at $5.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.30.

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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 $41.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, National Bank of Greece ( NBG) is up $0.09 (8.9%) to $1.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 19.2 million shares of National Bank of Greece exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1.03-$1.09 after having opened the day at $1.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.97.

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National Bank of Greece S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides diversified financial services. The company is involved in retail and commercial banking, asset management, investment banking, brokerage, and insurance activities. National Bank of Greece has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 45.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate National Bank of Greece a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Bank of Greece as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full National Bank of Greece Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, ING Groep N.V ( ING) is up $0.33 (2.0%) to $16.54 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.46-$16.84 after having opened the day at $16.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.21.

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ING Groep N.V., a financial institution, provides banking products and services to individuals, small and medium enterprises, and mid-corporates. It operates through Retail Netherlands; Retail Belgium; Retail Germany; Retail Rest of World; and Commercial Banking segments. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $66.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 25.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ING Groep N.V as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full ING Groep N.V 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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