5 Financial Stocks Driving The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 21 points (0.1%) at 16,093 as of Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,560 issues advancing vs. 1,331 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Macro Bank ( BMA), up 6.2%, Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), up 6.0%, Zillow ( Z), up 4.6%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 2.5% and CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include W. P. Carey ( WPC), down 2.4%, Corpbanca ( BCA), down 2.3%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 2.2%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 2.1% and Ventas ( VTR), down 1.2%.

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

5. Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Berkshire Hathaway is up $1,439.00 (0.8%) to $174,750.00 on light volume. Thus far, 149 shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $173,500.00-$175,080.00 after having opened the day at $173,500.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $173,311.00.

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 $151.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 201.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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 find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Berkshire Hathaway Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Progressive Corporation ( PGR) is up $0.26 (1.0%) to $28.02 on light volume. Thus far, 611,334 shares of Progressive Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.77-$28.04 after having opened the day at $27.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.75.

The Progressive Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal and commercial automobile insurance, and other specialty property-casualty insurance products and related services primarily in the United States. Progressive Corporation has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Progressive Corporation a buy, 7 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Ameriprise Financial ( AMP) is up $1.35 (1.3%) to $108.85 on average volume. Thus far, 419,607 shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.53-$109.03 after having opened the day at $107.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.50.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $20.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 71.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ameriprise Financial 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Ameriprise Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is up $0.36 (0.5%) to $66.58 on light volume. Thus far, 461,875 shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.25-$66.78 after having opened the day at $66.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.22.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. Aflac has a market cap of $31.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is up $0.57 (0.6%) to $89.80 on light volume. Thus far, 572,224 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.19-$90.05 after having opened the day at $89.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.23.

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 $41.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 68.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Prudential Financial 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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