Banking Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.3%) at 17,673 as of Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,034 issues advancing vs. 1,899 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits up 3.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include ING Groep ( ING), up 1.4%, Citigroup ( C), up 0.7% and HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 0.6%.

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

3. National Bank of Greece ( NBG) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, National Bank of Greece is up $2.25 (1400.0%) to $2.41 on light volume. Thus far, 0 shares of National Bank of Greece exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.41-$2.41 after having opened the day at $2.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.16.

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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 $37.9 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 89.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full National Bank of Greece Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR) is up $0.16 (4.2%) to $4.06 on average volume. Thus far, 919,066 shares of Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.02-$4.14 after having opened the day at $4.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.90.

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Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. provides banking products and services in Brazil and internationally. The company 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 $28.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is up $0.44 (2.0%) to $22.72 on average volume. Thus far, 991,420 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.51-$22.76 after having opened the day at $22.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.28.

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Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services to private, corporate, institutional, government clients, and high-net-worth individuals, as well as affluent and retail clients worldwide. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $37.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Credit Suisse Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Credit Suisse Group 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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