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 132 points (0.9%) at 15,423 as of Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,501 issues advancing vs. 485 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 6.0%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 4.9%, KB Financial Group ( KB), up 3.9%, Credicorp ( BAP), up 4.0% and HCP ( HCP), up 3.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD), down 3.1%, Aegon ( AEG), down 3.1%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), down 2.5%, ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 1.5% and MetLife ( MET), down 0.8%.

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

5. Prologis ( PLD) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Prologis is up $0.65 (1.7%) to $38.91 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.72-$39.30 after having opened the day at $38.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.26.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $1.96 (3.0%) to $67.64 on light volume. Thus far, 928,319 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.47-$67.90 after having opened the day at $66.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.68.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $2.66 (1.6%) to $163.46 on light volume. Thus far, 448,885 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $163.07-$165.05 after having opened the day at $163.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $160.80.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $50.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Simon Property Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.B) is up $1.79 (1.6%) to $116.67 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $115.43-$116.68 after having opened the day at $115.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $114.88.

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. Through its subsidiaries, the firm primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway has a market cap of $130.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Berkshire Hathaway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Berkshire Hathaway Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is up $0.22 (0.5%) to $45.94 on light volume. Thus far, 6.1 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.76-$46.36 after having opened the day at $46.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.72.

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 $67.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 29.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 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).

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