Financial Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 89 points (0.6%) at 15,077 as of Friday, July 5, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,417 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 76 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC), up 4.7%, SunTrust Banks ( STI), up 3.6%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 3.7%, ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 3.2% and Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 2.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 7.7%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 6.8%, Ventas ( VTR), down 3.3%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 3.2% and HCP ( HCP), down 2.9%.

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

5. U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp is up $0.28 (0.8%) to $36.63 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.48-$36.72 after having opened the day at $36.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.35.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. Its services include lending and depository services, cash management, capital market, and trust and investment management services. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $67.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates U.S. Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full U.S. Bancorp Ratings Report now.

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