3 Stocks Advancing The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 15,994 as of Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,823 issues advancing vs. 1,044 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Stewart Information Services ( STC), up 14.2%, American Campus Communities ( ACC), up 6.6%, W. P. Carey ( WPC), up 2.7%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.9% and General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 2.3%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 2.1%, KB Financial Group ( KB), down 1.7%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 1.7% and Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Regency Centers Corporation ( REG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Regency Centers Corporation is up $1.21 (2.4%) to $50.85 on average volume. Thus far, 340,508 shares of Regency Centers Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 462,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.69-$51.19 after having opened the day at $49.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.64.

Regency Centers Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust. The company, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and develops community and neighborhood shopping centers that are tenanted by grocers, category-leading anchors, specialty retailers, and restaurants. Regency Centers Corporation has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Regency Centers Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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

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