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3 Financial Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 72 points (0.4%) at 16,112 as of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,810 issues advancing vs. 1,095 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Allstate ( ALL), up 3.0%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.6%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.9%, Blackstone Group ( BX), up 0.9% and Morgan Stanley ( MS), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Employers Holdings ( EIG), down 19.4%, AllianceBernstein Holding L.P ( AB), down 4.4%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 4.3%, Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN), down 4.1% and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 3.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Marsh & McLennan Companies is up $0.43 (0.9%) to $48.00 on light volume. Thus far, 591,257 shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.58-$48.09 after having opened the day at $47.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.57.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services company, provides advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital. It operates in two segments, Risk and Insurance Services, and Consulting. Marsh & McLennan Companies has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Marsh & McLennan Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marsh & McLennan Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. 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 Marsh & McLennan Companies Ratings Report now.

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