3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Financial Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 12 points (-0.1%) at 16,797 as of Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,611 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Aegon ( AEG), up 2.4%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), up 2.0%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 1.6%, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), up 1.2% and National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Zillow ( Z), down 2.7%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 1.6%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 1.6%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 1.3% and American Tower ( AMT), down 1.2%.

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

3. Fidelity National Financial ( FNF) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Fidelity National Financial is up $0.61 (1.9%) to $33.49 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Fidelity National Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.68-$33.83 after having opened the day at $32.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.88.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides title insurance, technology, and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries in the United States. Fidelity National Financial has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Fidelity National Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC) is up $0.44 (0.9%) to $51.54 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.04-$51.63 after having opened the day at $51.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.10.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services firm, provides advice and solutions primarily in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital worldwide. It operates in two segments, Risk and Insurance Services and Consulting. Marsh & McLennan Companies has a market cap of $27.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Marsh & McLennan Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marsh & McLennan Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Marsh & McLennan Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources ( BEN) is up $1.37 (2.4%) to $57.54 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.67-$57.59 after having opened the day at $56.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.17.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $34.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franklin Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Franklin Resources 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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