Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 17,628 as of Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,137 issues advancing vs. 1,826 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 1.1%, HCP ( HCP), up 1.0%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.0%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 0.9% and Equity Residential ( EQR), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Orix ( IX), down 4.3%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 2.1%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 2.0%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.9% and Unum Group ( UNM), down 1.6%.

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

3. General Growth Properties ( GGP) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties is up $0.15 (0.6%) to $25.71 on light volume. Thus far, 738,674 shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.51-$25.76 after having opened the day at $25.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.56.

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General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $22.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 27.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is up $0.67 (0.6%) to $108.25 on light volume. Thus far, 210,011 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 864,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.32-$108.47 after having opened the day at $107.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.58.

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Vornado Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in commercial real estate properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Vornado Inc. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $20.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 21.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance 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 Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Aon ( AON) is up $0.50 (0.6%) to $90.35 on light volume. Thus far, 400,556 shares of Aon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.23-$90.73 after having opened the day at $90.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.85.

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Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon has a market cap of $25.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Aon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Aon 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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