3 Stocks Driving The Financial Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 17,085 as of Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,160 issues advancing vs. 1,849 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the sector that increased today was Visa ( V), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include KB Financial Group ( KB), down 2.0%, Aegon ( AEG), down 1.5%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.5%, Orix ( IX), down 1.4% and Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.0%.

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

3. National Bank of Greece ( NBG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, National Bank of Greece is up $0.04 (1.4%) to $2.99 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of National Bank of Greece exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.96-$3.01 after having opened the day at $2.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.95.

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National Bank of Greece S.A., together with its subsidiaries, offers diversified financial services primarily in Greece. The company is involved in retail and commercial banking, investment management, investment banking, insurance, investment activities, and securities trading activities. National Bank of Greece has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 47.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate National Bank of Greece a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Bank of Greece as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full National Bank of Greece Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS) is up $0.16 (1.4%) to $11.90 on average volume. Thus far, 408,267 shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 958,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.89-$12.01 after having opened the day at $11.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.73.

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The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services to personal, commercial, corporate, and institutional customers worldwide. Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The has a market cap of $37.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY) is up $0.40 (0.6%) to $71.74 on heavy volume. Thus far, 392,316 shares of Royal Bank Of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 458,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.74-$72.01 after having opened the day at $71.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.34.

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Royal Bank of Canada, a diversified financial service company, provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor, and capital markets products and services worldwide. Royal Bank Of Canada has a market cap of $103.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Royal Bank Of Canada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank Of Canada as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Royal Bank Of Canada 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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