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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