5 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,961 as of Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,624 issues advancing vs. 1,238 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 10.5%, Willis Group Holdings ( WSH), up 4.0%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.5%, Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC), up 0.9% and Prudential Financial ( PRU), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 3.8%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 2.5%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.3%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.2% and UBS ( UBS), down 1.1%.

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

5. Progressive Corporation ( PGR) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Progressive Corporation is up $0.44 (1.8%) to $24.19 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Progressive Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.61-$24.26 after having opened the day at $23.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.75.

The Progressive Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal and commercial automobile insurance, and other specialty property-casualty insurance products and related services primarily in the United States. Progressive Corporation has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Progressive Corporation a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Progressive Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Progressive Corporation Ratings Report now.

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