5 Financial Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 48 points (0.3%) at 16,465 as of Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,451 issues advancing vs. 1,447 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include SunTrust Banks ( STI), up 3.8%, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), up 3.0%, Visa ( V), up 2.2%, Regions Financial Corporation ( RF), up 1.3% and Goldman Sachs Group ( GS), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Capital One Financial ( COF), down 4.4%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.8%, Banco De Chile ( BCH), down 1.4%, Discover Financial Services ( DFS), down 1.2% and Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 1.2%.

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

5. Equifax ( EFX) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Equifax is up $1.73 (2.5%) to $70.85 on heavy volume. Thus far, 432,546 shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 549,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.12-$70.99 after having opened the day at $69.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.12.

Equifax Inc. collects, organizes, and manages various financial, demographic, employment, and marketing information solutions for businesses and consumers. The company's U.S. Equifax has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equifax 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, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Equifax Ratings Report now.

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