3 Financial Stocks Driving The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 59 points (-0.4%) at 16,657 as of Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,380 issues advancing vs. 1,556 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.2%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 1.6%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.3%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), up 1.2% and HCP ( HCP), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include KeyCorp ( KEY), down 3.1%, Signature Bank ( SBNY), down 2.9%, E*Trade Financial ( ETFC), down 2.9%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 2.3% and Regions Financial ( RF), down 2.3%.

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

3. Ares Capital Corporation ( ARCC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Ares Capital Corporation is up $0.40 (2.4%) to $16.90 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Ares Capital Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.59-$16.93 after having opened the day at $16.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.50.

Ares Capital Corporation specializes in acquisition, recapitalization, mezzanine debt, restructurings, rescue financing, and leveraged buyout transactions of middle market companies. It also makes growth capital and general refinancing. Ares Capital Corporation has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Ares Capital Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ares Capital Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ares Capital Corporation Ratings Report now.

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