5 Financial Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.1%) at 15,256 as of Monday, June 10, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,353 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 107 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Icahn ( IEP), up 4.2%, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), up 2.0%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.9%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.9% and Orix Corporation ( IX), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 1.95, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.88, HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 1.71, HCP ( HCP), down 1.47 and Public Storage ( PSA), down 1.06.

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

5. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor is up $0.56 (1.56) to $36.45 on average volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.06-$36.71 after having opened the day at $36.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.89.

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. The company operates in Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance, and Group Protection segments. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the insurance 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 38.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National Corp (Radnor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, 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 Lincoln National Corp (Radnor Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is up $0.46 (0.64) to $72.18 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.84-$73.56 after having opened the day at $71.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.72.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $32.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial 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, reasonable 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 Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Discover Financial Services ( DFS) is up $0.37 (0.76) to $49.03 on average volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Discover Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.46-$49.18 after having opened the day at $48.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.66.

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 $23.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Discover Financial Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is up $0.64 (1.42) to $45.70 on average volume Thus far, 4.5 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.15-$45.96 after having opened the day at $45.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.06.

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 $47.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is up $0.55 (1.21) to $45.83 on average volume Thus far, 6.8 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.90-$45.92 after having opened the day at $45.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.28.

American International Group, Inc. engages in the provision of insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Chartis, SunAmerica Financial Group, and Aircraft Leasing. American International Group has a market cap of $66.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full American International Group 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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