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Quick Take: Going Heavy on Financials

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Stephanie Link, the co-portfolio manager of the charitable trust Action Alerts Plus she runs with Jim Cramer, told TheStreet's Lindsey Bell more investors are rotating into the financial sector.

Link believes that it is very encouraging to see the financial sector lead the markets higher because it shows that the economy is actually growing. She also thinks if the financial sector can continue at this pace, the broader markets go "another leg higher."

With "rates starting to rise and the steepening of the yield curve, these companies [will] become much more profitable," she told Bell.

Asked which financial stocks to put your money into, Link told Bell investors should stay diversified. The financial sector is big and therefore gives you plenty of room to diversify your holdings between regional banks, insurance and credit cards, she explained.

Specifically, Link mentioned JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report) because it has underperformed its peers for the year to date, in part because of the criticism of CEO Jamie Dimon.

But with that over now, she believes that the stock will begin to "play some catch-up."

She also likes Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report) for its positive operation leverage, as well as KeyCorp (KEY - Get Report) and Hartford Financial Services (HIG - Get Report). JPM, WFC, KEY and HIG are Action Alerts holdings.

Asked about other names on Link's radar, she told Bell that while they seem overbought now, Discover Financial (DFS - Get Report) and American Express (AXP - Get Report) are on her watchlist.
Bret Kenwell currently writes, blogs and also contributes to Rocco Pendola's Weekly Options Newsletter. Focuses on short- to intermediate-term trading opportunities that can be exposed via options. He prefers to use debit trades on momentum setups and credit trades on support/resistance setups. He also focuses on building long-term wealth by searching for consistent, quality dividend paying companies and long-term growth companies. He considers himself the surfer, not the wave, in relation to the market and himself. He has no allegiance to either the bull side or the bear side.

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