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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 21 points (-0.1%) at 18,193 as of Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,682 issues advancing vs. 1,233 declining with 204 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include

American Realty Capital Properties

(

ARCP

), up 7.0%,

Orix

(

IX

), up 2.9%,

Toronto-Dominion Bank

(

TD

), up 1.6%,

Simon Property Group

(

SPG

), up 1.6% and

Macerich

(

MAC

), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

National Bank of Greece

(

NBG

), down 7.8%,

Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The

(

RBS

), down 4.2%,

Bank of America Corporation

(

BAC

), down 2.0%,

KKR

(

KKR

), down 1.5% and

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

(

MTU

), down 1.2%.

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

3.

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV

(

BSMX

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV is up $0.27 (2.5%) to $11.09 on light volume. Thus far, 298,972 shares of Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.81-$11.10 after having opened the day at $10.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.82.

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Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico, S.A.B. de C.V. provides various banking services in Mexico. The company's deposit products include current accounts, savings accounts, and time deposits, as well as certificates of interbank deposit. Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Manulife Financial

(

MFC

) is up $0.19 (1.1%) to $17.58 on light volume. Thus far, 536,657 shares of Manulife Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.38-$17.63 after having opened the day at $17.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.39.

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Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection and wealth management products and services to individual, corporate, and business customers primarily in Asia, Canada, and the United States. The company operates through Asia, Canadian, and U.S. Manulife Financial has a market cap of $32.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Manulife Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Manulife Financial

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Manulife Financial Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Bank of Montreal

(

BMO

) is up $0.39 (0.6%) to $62.08 on light volume. Thus far, 302,510 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 913,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.79-$62.20 after having opened the day at $61.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.69.

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Bank of Montreal offers various banking products and services in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $40.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 12.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Bank of Montreal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Bank of Montreal

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Bank of Montreal Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).

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