3 Financial Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 89 points (-0.5%) at 16,857 as of Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,007 issues advancing vs. 1,935 declining with 173 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 2.4%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 1.7% and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Genworth Financial ( GNW), down 2.3%, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), down 2.1%, TD Ameritrade ( AMTD), down 1.9%, UBS ( UBS), down 1.7% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 1.3%.

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

3. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is up $0.08 (1.4%) to $5.97 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.95-$5.97 after having opened the day at $5.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.89.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. The company also engages in the wholesale and retail securities businesses. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has a market cap of $84.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels 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 and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prospect Capital Corporation ( PSEC) is up $0.49 (5.0%) to $10.31 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.2 million shares of Prospect Capital Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.22-$10.35 after having opened the day at $10.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.82.

Prospect Capital Corporation is a business development company. Prospect Capital Corporation has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Prospect Capital Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prospect Capital Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Prospect Capital Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Progressive ( PGR) is up $0.31 (1.2%) to $25.30 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Progressive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.84-$25.31 after having opened the day at $24.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.99.

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 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Progressive a buy, 5 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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