3 Stocks Raising The Financial Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 38 points (0.2%) at 16,171 as of Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,939 issues advancing vs. 967 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), up 8.9%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 6.3%, Aegon ( AEG), up 3.1%, KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.6% and American Capital ( ACAS), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 1.9%, HCP ( HCP), down 1.6%, Northstar Realty Finance Corporation ( NRF), down 1.3%, Equifax ( EFX), down 0.9% and Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 0.8%.

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

3. KeyCorp ( KEY) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, KeyCorp is up $0.12 (0.9%) to $12.88 on light volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of KeyCorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.77-$12.92 after having opened the day at $12.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.76.

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 $11.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full KeyCorp Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Hartford Financial Services Group ( HIG) is up $0.17 (0.5%) to $34.51 on light volume. Thus far, 842,580 shares of Hartford Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.27-$34.59 after having opened the day at $34.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.34.

Has bought, sold and invested in related tech and services companies. Hartford Financial Services Group has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Hartford Financial Services Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hartford Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Hartford Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is up $0.81 (0.8%) to $97.59 on light volume. Thus far, 477,991 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.67-$97.64 after having opened the day at $97.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.78.

visited company on 1/1/2007 and a good price is $40. ACE has a market cap of $32.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full ACE Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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