5 Stocks Moving The Financial Sector Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 5 points (0.0%) at 15,100 as of Thursday, May 9, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,176 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.17 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.21. Top gainers within the sector include Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 4.9%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 3.4%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.6%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 1.8% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Digital Realty ( DLR), down 3.75, MetLife ( MET), down 1.72, Sun Life Financial ( SLF), down 1.63, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 1.56 and Citigroup ( C), down 1.38.

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

5. Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The is up $0.25 (2.80) to $9.19 on heavy volume Thus far, 966,448 shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 583,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.04-$9.21 after having opened the day at $9.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.94.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services to personal, commercial, corporate, and institutional customers worldwide. Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The has a market cap of $27.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, KB Financial Group ( KB) is up $0.46 (1.40) to $33.26 on light volume Thus far, 41,975 shares of KB Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 163,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.11-$33.28 after having opened the day at $33.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.80.

KB Financial Group Inc., a financial holding company, provides various banking and related financial services to consumers and corporations in Korea and internationally. KB Financial Group has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates KB Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KB Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full KB Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG) is up $0.08 (2.28) to $3.59 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.57-$3.60 after having opened the day at $3.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.51.

Lloyds Banking Group plc provides banking and financial services to personal, commercial, and corporate customers in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company operates in four divisions: Retail; Commercial Banking; Wealth, Asset Finance, and International; and Insurance. Lloyds Banking Group has a market cap of $60.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Lloyds Banking Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lloyds Banking Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN) is up $1.17 (2.94) to $40.93 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Ocwen Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.04-$41.25 after having opened the day at $40.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.76.

Ocwen Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the servicing and origination of mortgage loans in the United States and internationally. Ocwen Financial Corporation has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ocwen Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ocwen Financial Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Ocwen Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is up $0.34 (1.96) to $17.72 on average volume Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.31-$17.72 after having opened the day at $17.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.38.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services to individuals and institutional clients. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Institutional Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $22.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Charles Schwab 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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