5 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.2%) at 12,795 as of Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,283 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM), up 7.1%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 3.7%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 2.6%, BanColombia ( CIB), up 2.2% and Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 12.3%, Chubb ( CB), down 1.1%, Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 1.2%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 1.0% and American Tower ( AMT), down 0.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group is up $0.16 (0.7%) to $22.76 on light volume Thus far, 406,341 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.73-$22.92 after having opened the day at $22.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.60.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $29.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Credit Suisse Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group 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, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Credit Suisse Group Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is up $0.20 (0.7%) to $27.75 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.72-$28.06 after having opened the day at $28.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.55.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company for Branch Banking and Trust Company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 20 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full BB&T Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Morgan Stanley ( MS) is up $0.11 (0.7%) to $16.72 on light volume Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.59-$16.77 after having opened the day at $16.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.61.

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $32.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of -31.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Morgan Stanley Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) is up $0.58 (0.5%) to $116.73 on light volume Thus far, 820,646 shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.30-$117.42 after having opened the day at $117.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.15.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as a range of financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $55.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Goldman Sachs Group Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Citigroup ( C) is up $0.43 (1.2%) to $36.36 on light volume Thus far, 10.7 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.96-$36.54 after having opened the day at $36.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.93.

Citigroup, Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides a range of financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. Citigroup has a market cap of $105.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Citigroup Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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