Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 16,517 as of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,859 issues advancing vs. 1,154 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 2.8%, Blackstone Group ( BX), up 2.1%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 2.1%, UBS ( UBS), up 2.0% and Equifax ( EFX), up 2.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include PartnerRe ( PRE), down 3.2%, NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ), down 3.0%, Cincinnati Financial Corporation ( CINF), down 2.4%, CME Group ( CME), down 1.4% and Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 1.0%.

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

3. MetLife ( MET) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, MetLife is up $0.48 (0.9%) to $53.28 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.21-$54.43 after having opened the day at $54.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.80.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $59.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full MetLife Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Citigroup ( C) is up $0.55 (1.2%) to $48.15 on average volume. Thus far, 13.3 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.65-$48.24 after having opened the day at $47.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.60.

Citigroup Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions. Citigroup has a market cap of $143.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 8.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Citigroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Citigroup Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) is up $0.12 (0.7%) to $17.32 on light volume. Thus far, 33.0 million shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 114.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.26-$17.40 after having opened the day at $17.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.20.

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 $178.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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 revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Bank of America Corporation 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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