NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- MetLife ( MET) is lifting financial stocks from their lows in early Friday trading. The stock is gaining 3.9%, or $1.56, to $41.73, following its better-than-expected earnings report after the bell on Thursday. Its peer, Genworth Financial ( GNW), is a big loser among financial stocks on Friday. Genworth also announced results after the bell on Thursday, but missed estimates as earnings from its life insurance segment fell 45%. Markets are punishing the stock, sending it lower by 13.5% to $13.66. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that he was launching an investigation into the life insurance industry's practice of retaining funds in interest-bearing accounts until beneficiaries request the money, and earning the bulk of the higher return. BAC) is rising by 1% or 14 cents to $14.17. Goldman Sachs ( GS) and JP Morgan ( JPM) were trading moderately positive. Citigroup ( C) is lower by 0.4% or 1 cent to $4.11, while Wells Fargo ( WFC) and Morgan Stanley ( MS) were also trading flat. WTNY) is up 2.5% at $8.02. BancorpSouth ( BXS) is another prominent gainer, up 3.5% at $14.51. The stock was a big loser the previous week when it announced poor results. A notable loser in the category was Susquehanna Bancshares ( SUSQ) down 2.3% at $8.66. --Reported by Shanthi Venkataraman in New York. Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.