3 Financial Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 52 points (0.3%) at 17,129 as of Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,998 issues advancing vs. 975 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 3.9%, Affiliated Managers Group ( AMG), up 3.4%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 3.0%, Aegon ( AEG), up 2.9% and KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was Orix ( IX), up 0.9%.

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

3. Morgan Stanley ( MS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Morgan Stanley is up $0.19 (0.6%) to $34.39 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.17-$34.50 after having opened the day at $34.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.20.

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Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $65.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Morgan Stanley a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Morgan Stanley Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is up $0.38 (0.6%) to $59.72 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.38-$59.95 after having opened the day at $59.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.34.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Consumer & Community Banking, Corporate & Investment Bank, Commercial Banking, and Asset Management. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $220.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full JPMorgan Chase Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Citigroup ( C) is up $0.54 (1.1%) to $52.17 on average volume. Thus far, 11.5 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.46-$52.39 after having opened the day at $51.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.63.

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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 $154.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Citigroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Citigroup 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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