All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 111 points (0.7%) at 16,099 as of Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,512 issues advancing vs. 1,492 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD), up 2.4%, Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS), up 2.2%, UBS Group ( UBS), up 2.2%, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), up 1.9% and Bank of Montreal ( BMO), up 1.7%.

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

3. M&T Bank ( MTB) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, M&T Bank is up $2.67 (2.6%) to $107.16 on average volume. Thus far, 494,872 shares of M&T Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.42-$108.23 after having opened the day at $105.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.49.

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M&T Bank Corporation, a bank holding company, provides commercial and retail banking services. The company's Business Banking segment offers deposit, lending, cash management, and other financial services to small businesses and professionals. M&T Bank has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate M&T Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates M&T Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full M&T Bank Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is up $0.67 (0.8%) to $87.00 on light volume. Thus far, 795,163 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.41-$87.78 after having opened the day at $87.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.33.

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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $44.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full PNC Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is up $0.54 (1.4%) to $39.58 on average volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.32-$39.87 after having opened the day at $39.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.05.

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U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $69.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates U.S. Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full U.S. Bancorp 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).