One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 71 points (0.4%) at 17,316 as of Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,543 issues advancing vs. 1,341 declining with 209 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 2.0%, and Citigroup ( C), down 0.5%.

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

3. Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Lloyds Banking Group is up $0.03 (0.6%) to $4.45 on light volume. Thus far, 848,758 shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.43-$4.46 after having opened the day at $4.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.42.

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Lloyds Banking Group plc provides a range of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company operates through five segments: Retail, Commercial Banking, Consumer Finance, Insurance, and TSB. Lloyds Banking Group has a market cap of $79.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Lloyds Banking Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lloyds Banking Group 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS) is up $0.28 (0.6%) to $44.58 on light volume. Thus far, 213,928 shares of Bank of Nova Scotia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 956,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.12-$44.72 after having opened the day at $44.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.30.

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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 $54.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 22.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Bank of Nova Scotia a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Bank of Nova Scotia Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Bank of Montreal ( BMO) is up $0.30 (0.5%) to $56.04 on light volume. Thus far, 140,229 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 859,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.49-$56.11 after having opened the day at $55.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.74.

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Bank of Montreal offers various banking products and services in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $36.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 21.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Bank of Montreal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Montreal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Bank of Montreal 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).