4 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 19 points (-0.1%) at 13,006 as of Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,239 issues advancing vs. 1,655 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Goldman Sachs Group ( GS), up 1.1%, Bank of New York Mellon ( BK), up 1.0%, MetLife ( MET), up 0.9%, American International Group ( AIG), up 0.9% and Public Storage ( PSA), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Banco De Chile ( BCH), down 1.9%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 2.0%, Morgan Stanley ( MS), down 1.4%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 0.9% and Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. Equifax ( EFX) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Equifax is up $2.51 (4.9%) to $53.75 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 783,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.66-$55.52 after having opened the day at $53.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.24.

Equifax Inc. collects, organizes, and manages various financial, demographic, employment, and marketing information solutions for businesses and consumers. The company's U.S. Equifax has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equifax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Equifax Ratings Report now.

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