Today's Top Performers In Financial

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 15,915 as of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include BRE Properties ( BRE), up 11.7%, Post Properties ( PPS), up 6.2%, Home Properties ( HME), up 4.5%, Apartment Investment & Management ( AIV), up 4.7% and UDR ( UDR), up 4.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include MarketAxess Holdings ( MKTX), down 5.4%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.6%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 1.6%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 1.4% and Orix Corporation ( IX), down 1.2%.

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

5. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor is up $0.74 (1.5%) to $51.43 on light volume. Thus far, 651,102 shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.43-$51.60 after having opened the day at $50.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.69.

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. The company operates in Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance, and Group Protection segments. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 99.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National Corp (Radnor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 Lincoln National Corp (Radnor Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Genworth Financial ( GNW) is up $0.30 (1.9%) to $15.44 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Genworth Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.12-$15.45 after having opened the day at $15.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.14.

Genworth Financial, Inc., a financial services company, provides insurance, wealth management, investment, and financial solutions in the United States and internationally. The company's U.S. Genworth Financial has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 105.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Genworth Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genworth Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Genworth Financial Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, KeyCorp ( KEY) is up $0.26 (2.1%) to $12.84 on average volume. Thus far, 5.1 million shares of KeyCorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.57-$12.88 after having opened the day at $12.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.58.

KeyCorp. operates as the holding company for KeyBank National Association that provides various banking services in the United States. KeyCorp has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 49.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate KeyCorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KeyCorp 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, growth in earnings per share and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full KeyCorp Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is up $0.58 (0.8%) to $76.20 on light volume. Thus far, 580,607 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.44-$76.44 after having opened the day at $75.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.62.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company's Retail Banking segment provides deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $41.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full PNC Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is up $0.56 (1.1%) to $49.20 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.30-$49.22 after having opened the day at $48.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.65.

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 $73.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 40.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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