Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 17,115 as of Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,207 issues advancing vs. 762 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include CIT Group ( CIT), up 11.3%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 3.4%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 3.1%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 2.5% and CME Group ( CME), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Altisource Asset Management ( AAMC), down 9.9%, BancorpSouth ( BXS), down 6.6%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 1.6%, State Street ( STT), down 1.1% and Aegon ( AEG), down 0.9%.

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

3. Bank of New York Mellon ( BK) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Bank of New York Mellon is up $0.59 (1.5%) to $39.03 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Bank of New York Mellon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.55-$39.06 after having opened the day at $38.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.44.

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation provides various financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Its Investment Management segment provides institutional, intermediary, retirement and retail investment management, distribution, and related services. Bank of New York Mellon has a market cap of $43.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 10.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Bank of New York Mellon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of New York Mellon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Bank of New York Mellon Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is up $0.75 (0.8%) to $91.08 on light volume. Thus far, 661,443 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.47-$91.14 after having opened the day at $90.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.33.

Prudential Financial, Inc. provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $41.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) is up $2.92 (1.7%) to $174.64 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $172.38-$174.73 after having opened the day at $172.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $171.72.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $76.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Goldman Sachs Group 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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