3 Stocks Pushing The Banking Industry Downward

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 17,716 as of Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,449 issues advancing vs. 1,474 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), up 2.4%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 1.7%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 1.5%, Bank of Montreal ( BMO), up 0.9% and Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS), up 0.6%.

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

3. National Bank of Greece ( NBG) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry lower today. As of noon trading, National Bank of Greece is down $0.05 (-12.2%) to $0.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 34.5 million shares of National Bank of Greece exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $0.37-$0.42 after having opened the day at $0.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.43.

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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 $1.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 75.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that 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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2. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank ( HDB) is down $0.56 (-1.0%) to $57.37 on average volume. Thus far, 610,119 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 843,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.75-$58.39 after having opened the day at $57.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.93.

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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 $49.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 robust revenue growth, increase in net income, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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, SunTrust Banks ( STI) is down $0.40 (-0.9%) to $43.37 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of SunTrust Banks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.14-$43.85 after having opened the day at $43.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.77.

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SunTrust Banks, Inc. operates as the holding company for SunTrust Bank that provides various financial services in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, and Mortgage Banking. SunTrust Banks has a market cap of $21.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate SunTrust Banks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SunTrust Banks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full SunTrust Banks 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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