4 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 51 points (0.4%) at 13,835 as of Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,532 issues advancing vs. 1,325 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), up 35.6%, American Tower ( AMT), up 2.5%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 2.5%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 2.4% and Banco Santander ( SAN), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include MetLife ( MET), down 2.0%, Citigroup ( C), down 1.6%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 1.2%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.0% and Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY), down 0.8%.

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

4. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is up $0.04 (0.7%) to $5.55 on average volume Thus far, 835,203 shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.54-$5.59 after having opened the day at $5.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.51.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services to individual and corporate customers in Japan and internationally. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has a market cap of $78.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Bank of Montreal ( BMO) is up $0.43 (0.7%) to $61.71 on average volume Thus far, 267,681 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 463,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.43-$61.98 after having opened the day at $61.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.28.

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 $40.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% 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 5 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Bank of Montreal Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, UBS ( UBS) is up $0.33 (2.1%) to $15.76 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.5 million shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.74-$15.93 after having opened the day at $15.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.43.

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 $61.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% 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 1 rates it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Aon plc ( AON) is up $0.77 (1.3%) to $60.22 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.20-$60.55 after having opened the day at $60.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.45.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services primarily in the United States, the Americas, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Aon plc has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Aon plc Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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