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%. 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 lower today:

3. Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry lower today. As of noon trading, Bank of Nova Scotia is down $0.31 (-0.7%) to $46.42 on average volume. Thus far, 308,087 shares of Bank of Nova Scotia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 756,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.22-$46.65 after having opened the day at $46.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.73.

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The Bank of Nova Scotia provides various personal, commercial, corporate, and investment banking services in Canada and internationally. Bank of Nova Scotia has a market cap of $56.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Bank of Nova Scotia a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Nova Scotia as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Bank of Nova Scotia Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank ( HDB) is down $0.74 (-1.2%) to $62.15 on light volume. Thus far, 198,160 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 750,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.63-$62.40 after having opened the day at $62.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.89.

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HDFC Bank Limited provides a range of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses in India, Bahrain, Hong Kong, and Dubai. The company operates in Treasury, Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, and Other Banking Business segments. HDFC Bank has a market cap of $52.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HDFC Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full HDFC Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is down $0.31 (-0.8%) to $39.88 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.55-$40.39 after having opened the day at $39.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.19.

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BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $29.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full BB&T 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).