Today's Top Performers In Financial

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 31 points (0.2%) at 15,006 as of Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,611 issues advancing vs. 1,325 declining with 103 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Orix Corporation ( IX), up 3.1%, HCP ( HCP), up 2.6%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.7%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.9% and Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 3.4%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 1.8%, Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC), down 0.9% and Discover Financial Services ( DFS), down 1.0%.

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

5. Public Storage ( PSA) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Public Storage is up $3.24 (2.1%) to $155.02 on light volume. Thus far, 241,642 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 669,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $151.52-$155.21 after having opened the day at $151.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $151.77.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $26.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is up $0.38 (1.1%) to $34.40 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.04-$34.56 after having opened the day at $34.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.02.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $23.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full BB&T Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, SunTrust Banks ( STI) is up $0.44 (1.4%) to $32.43 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of SunTrust Banks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.88-$32.70 after having opened the day at $31.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.99.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. operates as the holding company for SunTrust Bank that provides various financial services in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, and Mortgage Banking. SunTrust Banks has a market cap of $17.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate SunTrust Banks a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SunTrust Banks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 SunTrust Banks Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is up $1.13 (2.2%) to $53.24 on average volume. Thus far, 11.2 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.12-$53.53 after having opened the day at $52.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.11.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $199.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 JPMorgan Chase Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Citigroup ( C) is up $0.43 (0.9%) to $48.68 on average volume. Thus far, 13.0 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.01-$49.16 after having opened the day at $48.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.25.

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 $146.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.0% 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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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).
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