All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 16 points (-0.1%) at 17,529 as of Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 984 issues advancing vs. 2,001 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), up 0.6%, and Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 1.0%.

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

3. National Penn ( NPBC) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, National Penn is up $1.82 (16.7%) to $12.74 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.5 million shares of National Penn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 778,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.59-$12.79 after having opened the day at $12.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.92.

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National Penn Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for National Penn Bank that provides commercial banking products, primarily deposits and loans to residents and businesses primarily in eastern and central Pennsylvania. National Penn has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates National Penn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, ING Groep N.V ( ING) is up $0.41 (2.6%) to $16.04 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.97-$16.10 after having opened the day at $16.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.63.

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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 $60.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate 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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1. As of noon trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) is up $0.38 (1.0%) to $39.90 on average volume. Thus far, 756,816 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.30-$39.91 after having opened the day at $39.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.52.

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The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial and banking services in North America and internationally. The company operates through Canadian Retail, U.S. Retail, and Wholesale Banking segments. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $73.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 17.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Toronto-Dominion Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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