3 Stocks Boosting The Financial Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 16,647 as of Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,518 issues advancing vs. 1,472 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 5.5%, Capital One Financial ( COF), up 1.0%, Discover Financial Services ( DFS), up 0.9%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 0.9% and Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 3.0%, First Republic Bank (San Francisco CA ( FRC), down 2.0%, Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC), down 1.9%, HCP ( HCP), down 1.7% and Ventas ( VTR), down 1.6%.

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

3. Banco De Chile ( BCH) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Banco De Chile is up $0.86 (1.1%) to $80.86 on light volume. Thus far, 13,352 shares of Banco De Chile exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 67,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.44-$81.02 after having opened the day at $80.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.00.

Banco de Chile provides traditional banking products and specialized financial services to large corporations, companies, and individuals in Chile. The company offers various deposit products, including current accounts, demand deposits, savings accounts, and time deposits. Banco De Chile has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Banco De Chile a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Banco De Chile as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Banco De Chile Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Credicorp ( BAP) is up $1.67 (1.1%) to $156.72 on light volume. Thus far, 69,417 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 341,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $154.06-$156.93 after having opened the day at $155.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.05.

Credicorp Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides financial and health services primarily in Peru, the Cayman Islands, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Panama. The company operates in four segments: Banking, Insurance, Pension Funds, and Investment Banking. Credicorp has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Credicorp Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Progressive ( PGR) is up $0.24 (1.0%) to $25.30 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Progressive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.05-$25.32 after having opened the day at $25.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.06.

The Progressive Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal and commercial automobile insurance, and other specialty property-casualty insurance products and related services primarily in the United States. Progressive has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Progressive a buy, 6 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Progressive 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Progressive 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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