Today's Stocks Driving Success For 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 21 points (-0.1%) at 16,894 as of Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,379 issues advancing vs. 1,581 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Western Union ( WU), up 1.8%, Franklin Resources ( BEN), up 0.8%, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS), up 0.7%, Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB), up 0.6% and Northern ( NTRS), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 1.8%, Orix ( IX), down 1.8%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.8%, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), down 1.0% and KB Financial Group ( KB), down 1.0%.

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

3. National Bank of Greece ( NBG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, National Bank of Greece is up $0.07 (2.1%) to $3.47 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of National Bank of Greece exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.41-$3.47 after having opened the day at $3.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.40.

National Bank of Greece S.A., together with its subsidiaries, offers diversified financial services primarily in Greece. The company is involved in retail and commercial banking, investment management, investment banking, insurance, investment activities, and securities trading activities. National Bank of Greece has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 39.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates National Bank of Greece a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Bank of Greece as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been the company's poor growth in earnings per share. Get the full National Bank of Greece Ratings Report now.

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