5 Financial Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 126 points (-0.8%) at 15,723 as of Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,087 issues advancing vs. 1,837 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Credit Acceptance Corporation ( CACC), up 6.0%, and Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Validus Holdings ( VR), down 6.3%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), down 3.6%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 2.9%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 2.8% and ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 2.7%.

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

5. Public Storage ( PSA) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Public Storage is up $0.99 (0.6%) to $157.80 on average volume. Thus far, 288,854 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 702,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $155.09-$158.27 after having opened the day at $155.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $156.81.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $26.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.32 (0.8%) to $39.21 on light volume. Thus far, 611,771 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.50-$39.30 after having opened the day at $38.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.89.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.62 (1.1%) to $57.67 on light volume. Thus far, 620,761 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.43-$57.77 after having opened the day at $56.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.05.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 77.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Blackstone Group ( BX) is up $0.25 (0.8%) to $32.48 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.79-$32.50 after having opened the day at $32.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.23.

The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Blackstone Group has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Blackstone Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Blackstone Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Blackstone Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.16 (1.5%) to $10.72 on average volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.56-$10.74 after having opened the day at $10.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.56.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments in United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Annaly Capital Management 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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