3 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 11 points (0.1%) at 16,218 as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 5.6%, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), up 1.9%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.3%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.2% and Arch Capital Group ( ACGL), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Apollo Investment ( AINV), down 6.0%, Prospect Capital Corporation ( PSEC), down 2.7%, American Tower ( AMT), down 2.4%, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC), down 1.2% and HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 1.0%.

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

3. Boston Properties ( BXP) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Boston Properties is up $0.93 (0.8%) to $111.56 on light volume. Thus far, 255,901 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 836,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.25-$112.10 after having opened the day at $110.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.63.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $17.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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