1. As of noon trading, BlackRock ( BLK) is up $1.33 (0.5%) to $271.42 on light volume. Thus far, 277,315 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 810,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $268.01-$272.85 after having opened the day at $269.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $270.09. BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $46.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 30.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates BlackRock 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, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full BlackRock Ratings Report now. 3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more. 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).