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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