Most sell-side analysts rate MetLife a 'buy,' even after a fantastic run for the shares this year.
Banks stocks were mostly higher, following a better-than-expected November retail sales report and a bump in unemployment claims.
Citigroup's Stock Should "almost double the S&P ' 14 estimated return," says Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Erika Najarian.
This year's best performing large-cap banks are also expected to be relatively weak earnings performers next year, according to KBW.
Bank stocks sank as investors shrugged off good news in Washington and worried about the FOMC policy meeting coming up next week.
The payment processor's stock performance this year has been stellar, even for a bull market, and analysts expect more gains for investors.
Even before the dividend increase, $3.5 billion share buyback and 1-for-10 stock split, MasterCard's stock was up 55% this year.
Shares of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs rise despite the release of the long awaited regulations to implement the Volcker Rule's ban on proprietary trading.
Now that its mobile banking products have hit "critical mass," Mitek's head of marketing expects the company to add thousands of customers during 2014.
The final regulations to enforce the Volcker Rule were leaked to the Wall Street Journal ahead of regulators' scheduled 'vote.'