5 Stocks Advancing The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 16,165 as of Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,090 issues advancing vs. 1,843 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Corpbanca ( BCA), up 4.5%, Aegon ( AEG), up 2.5%, Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC), up 1.1%, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD), up 0.9% and SunTrust Banks ( STI), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 3.7%, First Niagara Financial Group ( FNFG), down 3.6%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 3.2%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 3.0% and HCP ( HCP), down 2.7%.

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

5. ING Groep N.V ( ING) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, ING Groep N.V is up $0.18 (1.4%) to $13.08 on average volume. Thus far, 910,256 shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.99-$13.08 after having opened the day at $13.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.90.

ING Groep N.V., a financial services company, provides banking, investment, life insurance, and retirement services. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $48.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ING Groep N.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full ING Groep N.V Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is up $0.19 (0.6%) to $29.82 on light volume. Thus far, 319,872 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.63-$29.82 after having opened the day at $29.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.63.

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 $46.6 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 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. 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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3. As of noon trading, Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY) is up $0.63 (1.0%) to $66.00 on average volume. Thus far, 203,803 shares of Royal Bank Of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 498,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.20-$66.14 after having opened the day at $65.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.37.

Royal Bank of Canada, a diversified financial service company, provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor, and capital markets products and services worldwide. Royal Bank Of Canada has a market cap of $93.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Royal Bank Of Canada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank Of Canada as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Royal Bank Of Canada Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Chubb ( CB) is up $0.62 (0.7%) to $93.45 on light volume. Thus far, 269,853 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 910,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.38-$93.51 after having opened the day at $92.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.83.

The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Chubb has a market cap of $23.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Chubb a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB) is up $0.18 (0.9%) to $20.63 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Fifth Third Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.36-$20.65 after having opened the day at $20.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.45.

Fifth Third Bancorp operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third Bancorp has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Fifth Third Bancorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fifth Third Bancorp 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, 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 Fifth Third Bancorp 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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