5 Stocks Raising The Financial Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 47 points (0.3%) at 15,382 as of Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,570 issues advancing vs. 1,367 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW), up 0.82.

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

5. Discover Financial Services ( DFS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Discover Financial Services is up $0.84 (1.75) to $49.04 on average volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Discover Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.33-$49.23 after having opened the day at $48.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.19.

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, provides direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. Discover Financial Services has a market cap of $23.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Discover Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discover Financial Services 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, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Discover Financial Services Ratings Report now.

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