5 Financial Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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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 16,024 as of Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,437 issues advancing vs. 1,443 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Fortress Investment Group ( FIG), up 7.1%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 3.1%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 3.1%, Apollo Global Management ( APO), up 3.0% and Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), down 12.2%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 1.7%, HCP ( HCP), down 1.5%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.4% and Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.4%.

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

5. Deutsche Bank ( DB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Deutsche Bank is up $0.71 (1.6%) to $46.21 on light volume. Thus far, 294,673 shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 907,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.71-$46.22 after having opened the day at $45.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.50.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services worldwide. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $46.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 136.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Deutsche Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Deutsche Bank Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A) is up $959.00 (0.6%) to $175,580.00 on average volume. Thus far, 185 shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $174,700.00-$175,908.00 after having opened the day at $174,700.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $174,621.00.

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. Through its subsidiaries, the firm primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway has a market cap of $149.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 198.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Berkshire Hathaway as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and poor profit margins. Get the full Berkshire Hathaway Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is up $0.78 (0.8%) to $102.31 on average volume. Thus far, 526,262 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.15-$102.41 after having opened the day at $101.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.53.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $33.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full ACE Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is up $0.62 (0.7%) to $89.84 on light volume. Thus far, 497,682 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.06-$90.00 after having opened the day at $89.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.22.

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 $32.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Travelers Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is up $0.38 (0.8%) to $49.30 on average volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.92-$49.67 after having opened the day at $48.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.92.

American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments: AIG Property Casualty, and AIG Life and Retirement. American International Group has a market cap of $71.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full American International Group 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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