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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 15,915 as of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include BRE Properties ( BRE), up 11.7%, Post Properties ( PPS), up 6.2%, Home Properties ( HME), up 4.5%, Apartment Investment & Management ( AIV), up 4.7% and UDR ( UDR), up 4.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include MarketAxess Holdings ( MKTX), down 5.4%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.6%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 1.6%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 1.4% and Orix Corporation ( IX), down 1.2%.

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

5. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor is up $0.74 (1.5%) to $51.43 on light volume. Thus far, 651,102 shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.43-$51.60 after having opened the day at $50.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.69.

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. The company operates in Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance, and Group Protection segments. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 99.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National Corp (Radnor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lincoln National Corp (Radnor Ratings Report now.

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