3 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.7%) at 16,959 as of Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 982 issues advancing vs. 1,968 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 2.6%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 1.6% and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Visa ( V), down 4.2%, Chubb ( CB), down 3.6%, MasterCard ( MA), down 2.6%, Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC), down 2.2% and Blackstone Group ( BX), down 1.6%.

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

3. Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lloyds Banking Group is up $0.05 (1.0%) to $5.14 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.12-$5.17 after having opened the day at $5.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.09.

Lloyds Banking Group plc provides a range of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses in the United Kingdom and internationally. It operates through four segments: Retail; Commercial Banking; Wealth, Asset Finance, and International; and Insurance. Lloyds Banking Group has a market cap of $90.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Lloyds Banking Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lloyds Banking Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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