3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 17,039 as of Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 915 issues advancing vs. 2,069 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 3.4%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 3.1%, Orix ( IX), up 2.0%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 1.7% and MasterCard ( MA), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Charles Schwab ( SCHW), down 0.9%, and American Tower ( AMT), down 0.9%.

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

3. Citigroup ( C) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Citigroup is up $0.72 (1.5%) to $49.14 on heavy volume. Thus far, 20.0 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.82-$49.33 after having opened the day at $48.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.42.

Citigroup Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions. Citigroup has a market cap of $142.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Citigroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Citigroup Ratings Report now.

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