3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 73 points (-0.4%) at 16,976 as of Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 593 issues advancing vs. 2,443 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), up 8.5%, CME Group ( CME), up 1.9%, TD Ameritrade ( AMTD), up 1.4%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 1.2% and Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 3.7%, HCP ( HCP), down 3.2%, DDR ( DDR), down 3.0%, Ventas ( VTR), down 3.1% and Equity Residential ( EQR), down 2.7%.

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

3. BB&T ( BBT) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, BB&T is up $0.24 (0.6%) to $38.19 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.93-$38.44 after having opened the day at $38.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.95.

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BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $27.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate BB&T a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full BB&T Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is up $1.20 (1.3%) to $90.64 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.40-$90.82 after having opened the day at $89.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.44.

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Prudential Financial, Inc. provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $40.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is up $0.53 (1.0%) to $55.24 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.79-$55.48 after having opened the day at $54.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.71.

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MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $61.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full MetLife 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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