5 Stocks Raising The Financial Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 5 points (0.0%) at 16,485 as of Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,370 issues advancing vs. 1,569 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.5%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), up 1.3%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.0%, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), up 1.0% and UBS ( UBS), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Zillow ( Z), down 3.5%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 1.8%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 1.7%, Boston Properties ( BXP), down 1.1% and Kimco Realty ( KIM), down 1.0%.

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

5. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is up $0.06 (0.9%) to $6.51 on light volume. Thus far, 196,458 shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.47-$6.54 after having opened the day at $6.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.45.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. The company also engages in the wholesale and retail securities businesses. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has a market cap of $88.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 19.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Aegon ( AEG) is up $0.08 (0.8%) to $9.43 on light volume. Thus far, 272,622 shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 960,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.39-$9.44 after having opened the day at $9.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.35.

AEGON N.V. provides life insurance, pension, and asset management products and services. Aegon has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 45.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Aegon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aegon 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 Aegon Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Sun Life Financial ( SLF) is up $0.23 (0.7%) to $35.27 on light volume. Thus far, 77,644 shares of Sun Life Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 433,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.01-$35.37 after having opened the day at $35.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.04.

Sun Life Financial Inc., an international financial services organization, provides a range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 32.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sun Life Financial a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sun Life Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Sun Life Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ING Groep N.V ( ING) is up $0.07 (0.5%) to $13.87 on light volume. Thus far, 469,192 shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.82-$13.89 after having opened the day at $13.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.80.

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 $52.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 45.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Willis Group Holdings ( WSH) is up $0.41 (0.9%) to $44.87 on light volume. Thus far, 129,264 shares of Willis Group Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 644,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.14-$44.96 after having opened the day at $44.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.46.

Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company provides a range of insurance brokerage, reinsurance, and risk management consulting services worldwide. Willis Group Holdings has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 33.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Willis Group Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Willis Group Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Willis Group Holdings 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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