Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. 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. 3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.