5 Financial Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 31 points (0.2%) at 16,096 as of Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,434 issues advancing vs. 1,496 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Credicorp ( BAP), up 2.3%, Blackstone Group ( BX), up 1.8%, UBS ( UBS), up 1.2%, Capital One Financial ( COF), up 1.1% and Bank of New York Mellon ( BK), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Orix Corporation ( IX), down 2.9%, Ventas ( VTR), down 1.5%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.2%, HCP ( HCP), down 1.1% and AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 0.9%.

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

5. Hartford Financial Services Group ( HIG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Hartford Financial Services Group is up $0.50 (1.4%) to $36.06 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Hartford Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.70-$36.08 after having opened the day at $35.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.56.

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services to individual and business customers primarily in the United States and Japan. Hartford Financial Services Group has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Hartford Financial Services Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hartford Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Hartford Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is up $0.24 (0.6%) to $39.19 on average volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.96-$39.35 after having opened the day at $38.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.95.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. Its services include lending and depository services, cash management, capital market, and trust and investment management services. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $71.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates U.S. Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year 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 U.S. Bancorp Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is up $0.55 (0.9%) to $58.01 on light volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.41-$58.06 after having opened the day at $57.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.46.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $215.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins 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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2. As of noon trading, Citigroup ( C) is up $0.70 (1.3%) to $53.11 on average volume. Thus far, 15.4 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.48-$53.41 after having opened the day at $52.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.41.

Citigroup, Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides a range of financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. Citigroup has a market cap of $156.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Citigroup Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) is up $0.16 (1.0%) to $15.80 on heavy volume. Thus far, 74.2 million shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 91.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.66-$15.98 after having opened the day at $15.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.64.

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 $166.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. 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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