3 Financial Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 49 points (0.3%) at 16,411 as of Monday, April 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,415 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Northstar Realty Finance ( NRF), up 8.1%, HCP ( HCP), up 1.5%, Chubb ( CB), up 1.3% and Visa ( V), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CNA Financial ( CNA), down 4.5%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 2.7%, Franklin Resources ( BEN), down 2.1%, Blackstone Group ( BX), down 1.7% and SunTrust Banks ( STI), down 1.5%.

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

3. Ventas ( VTR) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Ventas is up $1.02 (1.6%) to $65.36 on average volume. Thus far, 775,297 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.36-$65.44 after having opened the day at $64.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.35.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas 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, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Allstate ( ALL) is up $0.90 (1.6%) to $57.01 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.29-$57.05 after having opened the day at $56.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.11.

The Allstate Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and retirement and investment products primarily in the United States. Allstate has a market cap of $25.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Allstate a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Allstate 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, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Allstate Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is up $1.69 (1.9%) to $90.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.79-$90.28 after having opened the day at $88.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.31.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the United States. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $30.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies 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, 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 Travelers Companies 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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