4 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Financial Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 3 points (0.0%) at 15,545 as of Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 83 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 10.9%, Visa ( V), up 4.3%, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD), up 2.1% and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Orix Corporation ( IX), down 3.2%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 2.2%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 2.0%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.9% and Aflac ( AFL), down 1.8%.

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

4. Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Bank Of Canada is up $0.36 (0.6%) to $63.20 on average volume. Thus far, 301,426 shares of Royal Bank Of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 731,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.77-$63.39 after having opened the day at $63.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.84.

Royal Bank of Canada provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor and treasury, and capital markets services worldwide. Royal Bank Of Canada has a market cap of $91.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Royal Bank Of Canada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank Of Canada as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Royal Bank Of Canada Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, E*Trade Financial ( ETFC) is up $0.98 (7.2%) to $14.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.6 million shares of E*Trade Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.19-$14.75 after having opened the day at $14.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.62.

E*TRADE Financial Corporation, a financial services company, provides online brokerage and related products and services primarily to individual retail investors under the E*TRADE Financial brand in the United States. E*Trade Financial has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 52.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates E*Trade Financial a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E*Trade Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full E*Trade Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) is up $0.66 (0.8%) to $86.03 on average volume. Thus far, 262,954 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 631,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.32-$86.08 after having opened the day at $85.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.37.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial and banking services in North America and internationally. The company's Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking segment offers various financial products and services to personal and small business customers. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $78.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Toronto-Dominion Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toronto-Dominion Bank as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Toronto-Dominion Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ameriprise Financial ( AMP) is up $1.35 (1.6%) to $87.59 on average volume. Thus far, 936,293 shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.42-$88.26 after having opened the day at $86.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.24.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 38.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ameriprise Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ameriprise Financial 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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