3 Stocks Advancing The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.1%) at 16,936 as of Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,900 declining with 205 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include KB Financial Group ( KB), up 4.4%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 3.7%, BanColombia ( CIB), up 3.0%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 2.6% and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 3.3%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 1.9%, Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB), down 1.6%, M&T Bank ( MTB), down 1.5% and CBRE Group ( CBG), down 1.5%.

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

3. Prologis ( PLD) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Prologis is up $0.38 (0.9%) to $42.01 on light volume. Thus far, 584,278 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.55-$42.04 after having opened the day at $41.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.63.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $20.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 12.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.14 (1.3%) to $11.48 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.33-$11.48 after having opened the day at $11.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.33.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is up $1.56 (0.9%) to $175.23 on light volume. Thus far, 139,062 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 578,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $173.84-$175.35 after having opened the day at $174.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $173.67.

Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust. It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $30.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Public Storage 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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