5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 15,991 as of Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,637 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 7.3%, E*Trade Financial ( ETFC), up 1.9%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 1.9%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.5% and Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Icahn ( IEP), down 8.9%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 2.9%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 1.3%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), down 1.2% and SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), down 1.2%.

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

5. Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group is up $0.27 (0.9%) to $29.62 on light volume. Thus far, 283,946 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.58-$29.79 after having opened the day at $29.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.35.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services to private, corporate, institutional, and government clients, as well as high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $47.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Credit Suisse Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Credit Suisse Group Ratings Report now.

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