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 41 points (0.2%) at 17,110 as of Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,666 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Banco De Chile ( BCH), up 1.6%, Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC), up 1.4%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 1.2%, Realty Income ( O), up 1.1% and General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Virtus Investment Partners ( VRTS), down 11.7%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 2.4%, Orix ( IX), down 1.8%, Genworth Financial ( GNW), down 1.7% and Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 1.6%.

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

3. Equity Residential ( EQR) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Equity Residential is up $0.38 (0.6%) to $66.78 on light volume. Thus far, 486,229 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.24-$66.87 after having opened the day at $66.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.40.

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Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $24.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 28.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.18 (0.8%) to $22.70 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.46-$22.72 after having opened the day at $22.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.52.

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Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.89 (1.1%) to $172.19 on light volume. Thus far, 380,217 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $170.59-$172.63 after having opened the day at $170.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $170.30.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $53.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Simon Property 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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