All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 69 points (0.4%) at 16,709 as of Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,159 issues advancing vs. 752 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Banking industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), up 6.5%, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), up 2.6%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 1.7% and Bank of America Corporation ( BAC), up 1.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 0.6%.

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

3. UBS Group ( UBS) is one of the companies pushing the Banking industry higher today. As of noon trading, UBS Group is up $0.14 (0.9%) to $15.44 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of UBS Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.18-$15.47 after having opened the day at $15.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.30.

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UBS Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, retail and corporate, asset management, and investment banking products and services worldwide. The company's Wealth Management division provides financial services to wealthy private clients. UBS Group has a market cap of $57.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 21.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates UBS Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full UBS Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS) is up $0.23 (0.6%) to $40.19 on light volume. Thus far, 294,128 shares of Bank of Nova Scotia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.72-$40.25 after having opened the day at $40.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.96.

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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 $47.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Bank of Nova Scotia a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates 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 weak operating cash flow 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, Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY) is up $0.43 (0.8%) to $51.02 on light volume. Thus far, 355,449 shares of Royal Bank Of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.46-$51.05 after having opened the day at $50.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.59.

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Royal Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified financial service company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Personal & Commercial Banking; Wealth Management; Insurance; Investor & Treasury Services; and Capital Markets. Royal Bank Of Canada has a market cap of $72.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Royal Bank Of Canada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 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).