3 Stocks Moving The Financial Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 105 points (0.6%) at 17,136 as of Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,972 issues advancing vs. 1,018 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Glimcher Realty ( GRT), up 30.0%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.9%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.7%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.3% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 1.1%.

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

3. Zillow ( Z) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Zillow is up $7.85 (6.2%) to $133.49 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $125.61-$134.00 after having opened the day at $126.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.64.

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Zillow, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company owns and operates Zillow.com. Zillow has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 53.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Zillow a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that net income has been generally deteriorating over time. Get the full Zillow Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is up $0.48 (0.6%) to $87.86 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.88-$87.98 after having opened the day at $87.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.38.

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American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S. American Express has a market cap of $91.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full American Express Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wells Fargo ( WFC) is up $0.48 (0.9%) to $52.42 on light volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Wells Fargo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.78-$52.48 after having opened the day at $51.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.94.

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Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. Wells Fargo has a market cap of $269.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Wells Fargo a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wells Fargo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wells Fargo 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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