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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 16,603 as of Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,002 issues advancing vs. 938 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include

St Joe

(

JOE

), up 8.6%,

National Bank of Greece

(

NBG

), up 3.9%,

Plum Creek Timber

(

PCL

), up 2.5%,

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

(

MTU

), up 2.0% and

Icahn

(

IEP

), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

HDFC Bank

(

HDB

), down 2.0%,

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV

(

BSMX

), down 2.0%,

Woori Finance Holdings

(

WF

), down 1.8% and

Deutsche Bank

(

DB

), down 1.6%.

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

3.

Franklin Resources

(

BEN

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources is up $0.42 (0.8%) to $55.22 on light volume. Thus far, 509,753 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.75-$55.22 after having opened the day at $54.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.80.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $34.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Franklin Resources

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Franklin Resources Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Fifth Third Bancorp

(

FITB

) is up $0.18 (0.9%) to $20.59 on average volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Fifth Third Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.35-$20.70 after having opened the day at $20.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.41.

Fifth Third Bancorp operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. It operates through four segments: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third Bancorp has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Fifth Third Bancorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Fifth Third Bancorp

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Fifth Third Bancorp Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Simon Property Group

(

SPG

) is up $1.32 (0.8%) to $175.34 on light volume. Thus far, 353,565 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $174.29-$175.45 after having opened the day at $174.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $174.02.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $54.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Simon Property Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Simon Property Group 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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