5 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 15,311 as of Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,760 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include CME Group ( CME), up 2.0%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 2.0%, Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB), up 1.5%, Capital One Financial ( COF), up 1.4% and Bank of New York Mellon ( BK), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Deutsche Bank ( DB), down 2.0%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.6%, Boston Properties ( BXP), down 1.5%, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 1.1% and Visa ( V), down 0.7%.

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

5. Prudential Financial ( PRU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial is up $1.32 (1.7%) to $79.12 on average volume. Thus far, 881,651 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.67-$79.27 after having opened the day at $78.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.80.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $36.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 46.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is up $0.32 (1.5%) to $21.46 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.5 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.10-$21.52 after having opened the day at $21.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.14.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services to individuals and institutional clients. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Institutional Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $26.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 45.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Charles Schwab Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is up $0.78 (1.7%) to $47.89 on average volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.13-$48.09 after having opened the day at $47.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.11.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. MetLife has a market cap of $52.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 43.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full MetLife Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is up $1.06 (2.1%) to $51.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 19.0 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.06-$51.57 after having opened the day at $50.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.32.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $193.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 17.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full JPMorgan Chase Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) is up $0.12 (0.8%) to $14.20 on average volume. Thus far, 47.0 million shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 95.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.03-$14.24 after having opened the day at $14.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.09.

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small and middle market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $151.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 21.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Bank of America Corporation 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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