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 56 points (-0.3%) at 15,939 as of Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,598 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 154 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 Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), up 9.2%, AllianceBernstein Holding L.P ( AB), up 4.1%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 3.9%, Zillow ( Z), up 3.1% and Protective Life ( PL), up 3.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Willis Group Holdings ( WSH), down 3.2%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.7%, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), down 1.5%, SunTrust Banks ( STI), down 1.3% and Travelers Companies ( TRV), down 1.0%.

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

5. Western Union Company ( WU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Western Union Company is up $0.38 (2.4%) to $16.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 9.4 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.15-$16.99 after having opened the day at $16.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.88.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union Company has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Western Union Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, 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 somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Western Union Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW) is up $0.50 (0.6%) to $80.68 on average volume. Thus far, 801,109 shares of T. Rowe Price Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.90-$81.07 after having opened the day at $80.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.18.

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm primarily provides its services to individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. T. Rowe Price Group has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate T. Rowe Price Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates T. Rowe Price Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full T. Rowe Price Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Aon plc ( AON) is up $0.58 (0.7%) to $83.76 on average volume. Thus far, 556,139 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.99-$84.12 after having opened the day at $83.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.18.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon plc has a market cap of $24.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. 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 Aon plc Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, KeyCorp ( KEY) is up $0.12 (0.9%) to $12.93 on average volume. Thus far, 5.3 million shares of KeyCorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.80-$13.18 after having opened the day at $12.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.81.

KeyCorp. operates as the holding company for KeyBank National Association that provides various banking services in the United States. KeyCorp has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate KeyCorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KeyCorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full KeyCorp Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is up $0.15 (0.6%) to $25.56 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.41-$25.82 after having opened the day at $25.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.41.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services to individuals and institutional clients. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Institutional Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $31.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Charles Schwab a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Charles Schwab 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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