5 Financial Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 147 points (1.0%) at 15,587 as of Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,311 issues advancing vs. 626 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Allstate ( ALL), up 2.9%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.9%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 2.7%, Aegon ( AEG), up 2.5% and CME Group ( CME), up 2.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 10.0%, Prudential Financial ( PRU), down 3.4%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 2.1% and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 0.8%.

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

5. U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp is up $0.22 (0.6%) to $39.34 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.12-$39.39 after having opened the day at $39.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.11.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. Its services include lending and depository services, cash management, capital market, and trust and investment management services. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $71.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates U.S. Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full U.S. Bancorp Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is up $0.51 (1.1%) to $48.15 on light volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.56-$48.28 after having opened the day at $47.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.64.

American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments: AIG Property Casualty, and AIG Life and Retirement. American International Group has a market cap of $70.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full American International Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is up $0.92 (1.7%) to $56.12 on average volume. Thus far, 7.9 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.20-$56.22 after having opened the day at $55.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.21.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $206.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full JPMorgan Chase Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Citigroup ( C) is up $1.13 (2.4%) to $48.19 on average volume. Thus far, 15.8 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.27-$48.27 after having opened the day at $47.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.06.

Citigroup, Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides a range of financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. Citigroup has a market cap of $141.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Citigroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Citigroup Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) is up $0.28 (1.7%) to $16.68 on average volume. Thus far, 42.8 million shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 105.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.44-$16.68 after having opened the day at $16.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.40.

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small and middle market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $174.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Bank of America Corporation 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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