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3 Financial Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 16,367 as of Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,229 issues advancing vs. 1,681 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Genworth Financial ( GNW), up 2.6%, Morgan Stanley ( MS), up 2.1%, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS), up 1.7%, MetLife ( MET), up 1.7% and HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.7%, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 1.6%, Equity Residential ( EQR), down 1.3%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.3% and Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 1.2%.

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

3. JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, JPMorgan Chase is up $0.86 (1.5%) to $58.12 on average volume. Thus far, 7.7 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.36-$58.25 after having opened the day at $57.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.26.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $212.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full JPMorgan Chase Ratings Report now.

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