3 Stocks Boosting The Financial Sector Higher - TheStreet

One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 28 points (0.2%) at 17,783 as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,543 issues advancing vs. 1,349 declining with 225 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include

Boston Properties

(

BXP

), up 2.3%,

Digital Realty

(

DLR

), up 2.0%,

Franklin Resources

(

BEN

), up 1.6% and

BlackRock

(

BLK

), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Genworth Financial

(

GNW

), down 10.8%,

National Bank of Greece

(

NBG

), down 7.4%,

Reinsurance Group of America

(

RGA

), down 6.7%,

KeyCorp

(

KEY

), down 6.4% and

Credit Acceptance

(

CACC

), down 5.5%.

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

3.

Shinhan Financial Group

(

SHG

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Shinhan Financial Group is up $0.84 (2.2%) to $38.27 on average volume. Thus far, 53,223 shares of Shinhan Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 92,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.12-$38.32 after having opened the day at $38.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.43.

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Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. provides various financial products and services in South Korea and internationally. Shinhan Financial Group has a market cap of $18.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Shinhan Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Shinhan Financial Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full

Shinhan Financial Group Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Aegon

(

AEG

) is up $0.08 (1.2%) to $6.18 on light volume. Thus far, 416,941 shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.11-$6.18 after having opened the day at $6.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.10.

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Aegon N.V. provides life insurance, pensions, and asset management services. The company operates through the Americas, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and New Markets. Aegon has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 18.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Aegon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Aegon

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Aegon Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV

(

BSMX

) is up $0.45 (5.1%) to $9.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.86-$9.49 after having opened the day at $8.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.81.

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Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial services to individuals, private banking clients, small and medium-sized enterprises, government institutions, and corporate and institutional customers primarily in Mexico. Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV has a market cap of $11.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 15.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV 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

).