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5 Stocks Raising The Financial 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 57 points (-0.3%) at 16,357 as of Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,698 issues advancing vs. 1,213 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Signature Bank (SBNY), up 3.0%, Northern Trust Corporation (NTRS), up 2.4%, Credicorp (BAP), up 2.2%, Banco Santander Chile (BSAC), up 1.8% and Regions Financial Corporation (RF), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ING Groep N.V (ING), down 1.9%, KB Financial Group (KB), down 1.6%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The (RBS), down 1.2%, Royal Bank Of Canada (RY), down 1.1% and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), down 1.0%.

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

5. MasterCard Incorporated (MA) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated is up $1.31 (1.6%) to $83.16 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 644,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.00-$83.90 after having opened the day at $82.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.85.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $94.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full MasterCard Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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