3 Stocks Raising The Financial Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 59 points (0.3%) at 18,083 as of Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,918 issues advancing vs. 1,077 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Blackstone Group ( BX), up 2.5%, Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A), up 1.9%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 1.9%, M&T Bank ( MTB), up 1.6% and Manulife Financial ( MFC), up 1.4%. A company within the sector that fell today was Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 3.4%.

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

3. Citigroup ( C) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Citigroup is up $0.27 (0.5%) to $54.03 on light volume. Thus far, 6.9 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.74-$54.07 after having opened the day at $53.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.76.

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Citigroup Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services for consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. Citigroup has a market cap of $161.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Citigroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Citigroup Ratings Report now.

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