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 127 points (0.8%) at 15,307 as of Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 4.4%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 3.0%, ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 2.4%, IntercontinentalExchange ( ICE), up 2.3% and Franklin Resources ( BEN), up 2.1%. A company within the sector that fell today was Banco De Chile ( BCH), up 1.00.

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

5. MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated is up $4.17 (0.72) to $582.36 on average volume Thus far, 313,555 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 553,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $580.23-$584.88 after having opened the day at $580.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $578.19.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $66.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 MasterCard Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is up $0.32 (0.72) to $45.22 on light volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.87-$45.46 after having opened the day at $44.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.90.

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 $48.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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3. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is up $1.34 (1.81) to $75.18 on average volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.03-$75.39 after having opened the day at $74.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.84.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $80.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full American Express Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Citigroup ( C) is up $0.52 (1.04) to $49.88 on light volume Thus far, 9.2 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.49-$50.07 after having opened the day at $49.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.36.

Citigroup, Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides a range of financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. Citigroup has a market cap of $149.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Citigroup Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) is up $0.08 (0.61) to $13.29 on light volume Thus far, 31.9 million shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 135.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.20-$13.34 after having opened the day at $13.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.21.

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small and middle market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $140.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Bank of America Corporation 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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