5 Financial Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 65 points (-0.4%) at 16,380 as of Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,832 issues advancing vs. 1,123 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Ventas ( VTR), up 2.9%, HCP ( HCP), up 2.0%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 2.0%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 1.8% and General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Banco De Chile ( BCH), down 4.4%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 2.8%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 2.1%, KB Financial Group ( KB), down 1.4% and Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC), down 1.8%.

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

5. Hilltop Holdings ( HTH) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Hilltop Holdings is up $1.75 (7.5%) to $25.19 on heavy volume. Thus far, 472,662 shares of Hilltop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 406,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.81-$25.46 after having opened the day at $23.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.44.

Hilltop Holdings Inc. operates as a holding company for PlainsCapital Bank that provides business and consumer banking services in Texas. Hilltop Holdings has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Hilltop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

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