5 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 14,951 as of Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,968 issues advancing vs. 907 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC), up 6.1%, E*Trade Financial ( ETFC), up 4.5%, American Tower ( AMT), up 4.4%, HCP ( HCP), up 4.4% and General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 3.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include M&T Bank ( MTB), down 1.2%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), down 1.1%, UBS ( UBS), down 0.9%, BB&T ( BBT), down 0.9% and Citigroup ( C), down 0.9%.

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

5. Equity Residential ( EQR) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Equity Residential is up $1.28 (2.5%) to $53.02 on light volume. Thus far, 678,500 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.15-$53.14 after having opened the day at $52.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.74.

Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $2.64 (2.6%) to $105.12 on average volume. Thus far, 386,221 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 976,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.35-$105.43 after having opened the day at $103.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.48.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.85 (2.4%) to $36.53 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.94-$36.79 after having opened the day at $35.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.68.

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 $17.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.30 (1.8%) to $17.40 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.16-$17.52 after having opened the day at $17.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.10.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is up $0.61 (0.8%) to $80.77 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.12-$81.05 after having opened the day at $80.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.16.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $30.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies 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 Travelers Companies 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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