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 down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,942 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,301 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Apollo Global Management ( APO), up 5.3%, Icahn ( IEP), up 3.3%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 1.7%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.7% and Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), down 9.7%, Aegon ( AEG), down 2.7%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 1.7%, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC), down 1.8% and IntercontinentalExchange ( ICE), down 1.6%.

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

5. BanColombia ( CIB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, BanColombia is up $0.75 (1.1%) to $67.37 on average volume Thus far, 140,633 shares of BanColombia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 309,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.86-$67.64 after having opened the day at $66.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.62.

Bancolombia S.A. provides various financial products and services to individual and corporate customers in Colombia, as well as in Panama, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Peru, Brazil, the United States, and Spain. BanColombia has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates BanColombia a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BanColombia as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full BanColombia Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) is up $0.91 (1.1%) to $83.55 on average volume Thus far, 291,657 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 487,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.53-$84.05 after having opened the day at $82.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.64.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial and banking services in North America and internationally. The company's Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking segment offers various financial products and services to personal and small business customers. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $75.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Toronto-Dominion Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toronto-Dominion Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Toronto-Dominion Bank Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CME Group ( CME) is up $0.58 (1.0%) to $58.89 on light volume Thus far, 756,769 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.39-$59.25 after having opened the day at $58.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.31.

CME Group Inc. operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX and COMEX futures exchanges worldwide. The company provides a range of products across various asset classes, such as interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather, and real estate. CME Group has a market cap of $19.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CME Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full CME Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, BlackRock ( BLK) is up $1.05 (0.4%) to $241.92 on light volume Thus far, 252,386 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 785,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $241.77-$243.66 after having opened the day at $242.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $240.87.

BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $41.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BlackRock as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase 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 BlackRock Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is up $0.36 (0.6%) to $62.93 on average volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.67-$63.00 after having opened the day at $62.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.57.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $68.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance 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 American Express 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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