3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Financial Sector

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 91 points (0.6%) at 16,492 as of Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,744 issues advancing vs. 1,239 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Digital Realty ( DLR), up 3.0%, Franklin Resources ( BEN), up 2.7%, CME Group ( CME), up 2.6%, Allstate ( ALL), up 2.3% and Aon plc ( AON), up 2.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Zillow ( Z), down 4.8%, Blackstone Group ( BX), down 4.4%, KKR ( KKR), down 3.1%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.9% and Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.8%.

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

3. JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, JPMorgan Chase is up $0.74 (1.4%) to $54.08 on average volume. Thus far, 10.4 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.24-$54.10 after having opened the day at $53.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.34.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Consumer & Community Banking, Corporate & Investment Bank, Commercial Banking, and Asset Management. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $205.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full JPMorgan Chase Ratings Report now.

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