4 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46 points (-0.3%) at 15,208 as of Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,093 issues advancing vs. 1,832 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.26 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.24. Top gainers within the sector include Orix Corporation ( IX), up 8.1%, and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 6.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Prologis ( PLD), down 1.60, Public Storage ( PSA), down 1.52, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), down 1.04, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 0.80 and Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD), down 0.70.

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 $0.36 (6.25) to $6.04 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.01-$6.14 after having opened the day at $6.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.68.

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 $84.0 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 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. 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 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Banco Santander ( SAN) is up $0.04 (0.55) to $7.34 on light volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Banco Santander exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.33-$7.41 after having opened the day at $7.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.30.

Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate and individual customers in Chile. Banco Santander has a market cap of $75.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Banco Santander a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Banco Santander as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and deteriorating net income. Get the full Banco Santander Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Deutsche Bank ( DB) is up $0.68 (1.44) to $47.78 on light volume Thus far, 633,329 shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.64-$48.21 after having opened the day at $47.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.10.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $47.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 140.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Deutsche Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity. Get the full Deutsche Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is up $0.26 (0.59) to $44.67 on average volume Thus far, 4.8 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.30-$45.02 after having opened the day at $44.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.41.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. MetLife has a market cap of $48.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full MetLife 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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