5 Stocks Raising The Financial Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.3%) at 16,357 as of Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,698 issues advancing vs. 1,213 declining with 185 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 Signature Bank ( SBNY), up 3.0%, Northern Trust Corporation ( NTRS), up 2.4%, Credicorp ( BAP), up 2.2%, Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC), up 1.8% and Regions Financial Corporation ( RF), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 1.9%, KB Financial Group ( KB), down 1.6%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.2%, Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY), down 1.1% and Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD), down 1.0%.

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

5. MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated is up $1.31 (1.6%) to $83.16 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 644,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.00-$83.90 after having opened the day at $82.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.85.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $94.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full MasterCard Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is up $1.17 (1.3%) to $93.45 on light volume. Thus far, 269,219 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 754,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.57-$93.85 after having opened the day at $92.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.28.

Vornado Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in commercial real estate properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Vornado Inc. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 80.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.43 (1.1%) to $37.77 on light volume. Thus far, 595,688 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.43-$37.91 after having opened the day at $37.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.34.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its growth in net income. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $1.14 (1.1%) to $107.35 on light volume. Thus far, 295,367 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 875,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $106.41-$107.81 after having opened the day at $106.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.21.

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 $16.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, American Tower ( AMT) is up $0.74 (0.9%) to $84.36 on light volume. Thus far, 552,876 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.63-$84.65 after having opened the day at $83.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.63.

American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $32.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 56.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year 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 American Tower 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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