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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