3 Financial Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 45 points (-0.3%) at 14,466 as of Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:44 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,235 issues advancing vs. 1,661 declining with 139 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include American Tower ( AMT), up 1.8%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.0%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 1.0% and Ventas ( VTR), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Raymond James Financial ( RJF), down 3.3%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 2.7%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.9%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 1.7% and Orix Corporation ( IX), down 1.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Deutsche Bank ( DB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Deutsche Bank is up $0.33 (0.8%) to $42.23 on average volume Thus far, 759,844 shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.72-$42.68 after having opened the day at $42.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.90.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $39.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Deutsche Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its very decent return on equity which we feel should persist. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Deutsche Bank Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is up $0.36 (0.7%) to $51.08 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.25-$51.35 after having opened the day at $50.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.72.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. Aflac has a market cap of $23.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is up $0.34 (1.1%) to $31.98 on average volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.68-$32.12 after having opened the day at $31.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.64.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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