3 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 21 points (-0.2%) at 12,999 as of Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,281 issues advancing vs. 1,584 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.9%, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), up 1.2%, Banco Santander ( SAN), up 0.7%, Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 0.7% and Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.8%, Citigroup ( C), down 1.6%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.0%, Equity Residential ( EQR), down 1.0% and Bank of New York Mellon ( BK), down 1.0%.

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

3. Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management is up $0.21 (0.6%) to $34.68 on average volume Thus far, 337,602 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 793,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.42-$34.96 after having opened the day at $34.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.47.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is up $0.37 (1.9%) to $19.48 on average volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.08-$19.63 after having opened the day at $19.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.11.

General Growth Properties, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Other, and Master Planned Communities. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 31.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.26 (1.0%) to $27.04 on light volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.80-$27.12 after having opened the day at $26.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.78.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 43.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Weyerhaeuser 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).

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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