Financial Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 32 points (-0.2%) at 17,036 as of Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,537 issues advancing vs. 1,470 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 2.9%, CME Group ( CME), up 1.6%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.5%, Bank of America Corporation ( BAC), up 1.1% and Morgan Stanley ( MS), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Zillow ( Z), down 2.5%, Orix ( IX), down 1.8%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.2%, MasterCard ( MA), down 0.8% and Ameriprise Financial ( AMP), down 0.6%.

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

3. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is up $0.03 (0.5%) to $5.76 on light volume. Thus far, 183,438 shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.74-$5.77 after having opened the day at $5.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.73.

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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has a market cap of $79.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG) is up $0.03 (0.6%) to $4.86 on average volume. Thus far, 912,758 shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.84-$4.87 after having opened the day at $4.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.83.

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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 $85.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. 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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1. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is up $0.24 (0.6%) to $42.08 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.72-$42.13 after having opened the day at $41.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.84.

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U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $75.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

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