5 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 up 15 points (0.1%) at 12,980 as of Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,319 issues advancing vs. 1,553 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 1.8%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 1.2%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.2%, Aegon ( AEG), up 1.1% and Banco Santander S.A ( SAN), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CME Group ( CME), down 1.8%, KeyCorp ( KEY), down 1.6%, U.S. Bancorp ( USB), down 1.3%, Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB), down 1.5% and PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), down 1.3%.

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

5. ING Groep N.V ( ING) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, ING Groep N.V is up $0.14 (1.6%) to $9.16 on light volume Thus far, 870,036 shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.11-$9.19 after having opened the day at $9.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.01.

ING Groep N.V., a financial services company, provides banking, investment, life insurance, and retirement services for individuals, families, small businesses, corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $34.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ING Groep N.V as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full ING Groep N.V Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Bank of Montreal ( BMO) is up $0.50 (0.8%) to $60.24 on average volume Thus far, 254,126 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 392,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.74-$60.28 after having opened the day at $60.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.74.

Bank of Montreal, together with its subsidiaries, provides various retail banking, wealth management, and investment banking products and services in North America and internationally. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $39.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Bank of Montreal a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Montreal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Bank of Montreal Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, UBS ( UBS) is up $0.15 (1.0%) to $15.76 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.70-$15.81 after having opened the day at $15.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.61.

UBS AG, a financial services firm, provides wealth management, asset management, and investment banking products and services to private, corporate, and institutional clients worldwide. The company is also involved in retail and commercial banking in Switzerland. UBS has a market cap of $60.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full UBS Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is up $0.58 (2.5%) to $24.20 on average volume Thus far, 999,338 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.90-$24.20 after having opened the day at $23.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.62.

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 $30.5 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 up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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 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.

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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is up $0.12 (0.4%) to $33.24 on light volume Thus far, 5.7 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.20-$33.52 after having opened the day at $33.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.12.

American International Group, Inc. engages in the provision of insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Chartis, SunAmerica Financial Group, and Aircraft Leasing. American International Group has a market cap of $48.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 42.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full American International Group Ratings Report now.

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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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