One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 17,581 as of Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,741 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores ( AVAL), up 4.6%, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), up 3.2%, Banco De Chile ( BCH), up 2.4%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 1.0% and Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include M&T Bank ( MTB), down 1.5%, Northern ( NTRS), down 1.5%, BB&T ( BBT), down 0.9% and HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 0.9%.

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

3. Bank of Montreal ( BMO) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, Bank of Montreal is up $0.68 (1.2%) to $57.51 on average volume. Thus far, 323,614 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 652,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.84-$58.16 after having opened the day at $56.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.83.

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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 $37.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Bank of Montreal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 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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2. As of noon trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) is up $0.71 (1.8%) to $39.81 on average volume. Thus far, 847,770 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-$40.30 after having opened the day at $39.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.10.

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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 $74.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 18.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Toronto-Dominion Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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, 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 Toronto-Dominion Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY) is up $0.28 (0.5%) to $54.93 on light volume. Thus far, 456,695 shares of Royal Bank Of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.53-$55.76 after having opened the day at $54.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.65.

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Royal Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified financial service company worldwide. The company operates through five segments: Personal & Commercial Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance, Investor & Treasury Services, and Capital Markets. Royal Bank Of Canada has a market cap of $80.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 20.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Royal Bank Of Canada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank Of Canada as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Royal Bank Of Canada 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).