4 Financial Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 47 points (-0.3%) at 15,521 as of Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 716 issues advancing vs. 2,228 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include American Express ( AXP), up 1.2%, and Bank of Montreal ( BMO), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW), down 5.3%, Ventas ( VTR), down 3.3%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 3.0%, HCP ( HCP), down 2.7% and HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 2.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lloyds Banking Group is up $0.02 (0.6%) to $4.24 on average volume. Thus far, 883,526 shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.22-$4.27 after having opened the day at $4.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.21.

Lloyds Banking Group plc provides banking and financial services to personal, commercial, and corporate customers in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company operates in four divisions: Retail; Commercial Banking; Wealth, Asset Finance, and International; and Insurance. Lloyds Banking Group has a market cap of $75.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 33.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Lloyds Banking Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lloyds Banking Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Sun Life Financial ( SLF) is up $0.32 (1.0%) to $32.87 on light volume. Thus far, 93,568 shares of Sun Life Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 393,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.60-$32.96 after having opened the day at $32.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.55.

Sun Life Financial Inc., an international financial services organization, provides a range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has a market cap of $19.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sun Life Financial a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sun Life Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance 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 Sun Life Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS) is up $0.11 (1.1%) to $10.45 on light volume. Thus far, 512,967 shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.41-$10.50 after having opened the day at $10.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.34.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services to personal, commercial, corporate, and institutional customers worldwide. Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The has a market cap of $31.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Deutsche Bank ( DB) is up $0.44 (0.9%) to $47.53 on light volume. Thus far, 583,938 shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.31-$47.73 after having opened the day at $47.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.09.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $48.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Deutsche Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity. Get the full Deutsche Bank Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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