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5 Financial Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading down 79 points (-0.5%) at 15,419 as of Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,348 issues advancing vs. 1,561 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Noah Holdings (NOAH), up 25.8%, Banco Santander Chile (BSAC), up 2.3%, Credit Suisse Group (CS), up 1.9%, Prologis (PLD), up 1.8% and American Tower (AMT), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include SunTrust Banks (STI), down 1.8%, Bank of America Corporation (BAC), down 1.0%, T. Rowe Price Group (TROW), down 0.8%, Citigroup (C), down 0.7% and Aflac (AFL), down 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. Credicorp (BAP) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Credicorp is up $2.42 (2.0%) to $125.70 on average volume. Thus far, 194,998 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 446,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $121.69-$126.01 after having opened the day at $122.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.28.

Credicorp Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services primarily in Peru, the Cayman Islands, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Panama. It operates in four segments: Banking, Insurance, Pension Funds, and Investment Banking. Credicorp has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Credicorp Ratings Report now.

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