5 Stocks Moving The Financial Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 92 points (0.6%) at 15,993 as of Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,118 issues advancing vs. 784 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Aegon ( AEG), up 2.9%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 2.6%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.9%, CME Group ( CME), up 1.8% and Morgan Stanley ( MS), up 1.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 2.0%, and Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.3%.

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

5. Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Goldman Sachs Group is up $1.52 (0.9%) to $166.52 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $165.01-$166.74 after having opened the day at $165.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $165.00.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $75.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

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

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