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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4. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is up $0.85 (2.7%) to $32.73 on average volume. Thus far, 661,739 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 998,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.58-$32.81 after having opened the day at $32.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.88.

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 $50.6 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 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who 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, Credicorp ( BAP) is up $2.77 (2.2%) to $131.00 on light volume. Thus far, 64,856 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 345,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $128.56-$131.26 after having opened the day at $128.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $128.23.

Credicorp Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services primarily in Peru, the Cayman Islands, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Panama. It operates in four segments: Banking, Insurance, Pension Funds, and Investment Banking. Credicorp has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Credicorp Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $1.54 (1.5%) to $104.28 on light volume. Thus far, 235,556 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 861,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.75-$104.69 after having opened the day at $103.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.74.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources ( BEN) is up $0.48 (0.8%) to $57.50 on light volume. Thus far, 560,622 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.63-$57.71 after having opened the day at $56.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.02.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $35.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franklin Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Franklin Resources 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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