3 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Higher

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer.

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 73 points (-0.4%) at 17,997 as of Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 723 issues advancing vs. 2,287 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 0.9%, Visa ( V), up 0.9%, Wells Fargo ( WFC), up 0.7% and Capital One Financial ( COF), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 23.7%, Aegon ( AEG), down 3.1%, Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 3.1%, Equity Residential ( EQR), down 2.3% and CBRE Group ( CBG), down 2.2%.

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

3. Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group is up $0.29 (1.1%) to $26.25 on light volume. Thus far, 532,860 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.21-$26.43 after having opened the day at $26.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.96.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services to private, corporate, institutional, government clients, and high-net-worth individuals, as well as affluent and retail clients worldwide. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $40.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Credit Suisse Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Credit Suisse Group Ratings Report now.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

2. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is up $0.58 (0.9%) to $64.10 on average volume. Thus far, 869,274 shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.18-$64.19 after having opened the day at $63.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.52.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. It operates through two segments, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. Aflac has a market cap of $27.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Aflac Ratings Report now.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

1. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is up $0.74 (0.8%) to $94.01 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.69-$94.27 after having opened the day at $92.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.27.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $47.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group 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 somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full PNC Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

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).

More from Markets

Aceto's Search for Deal May Be Slowed by DOJ Subpoena

Aceto's Search for Deal May Be Slowed by DOJ Subpoena

Dow and S&P 500 Finish Higher Amid Strong Corporate Earnings

Dow and S&P 500 Finish Higher Amid Strong Corporate Earnings

Veteran Foreign Affairs Expert Ian Bremmer Reveals How to Price Political Risk

Veteran Foreign Affairs Expert Ian Bremmer Reveals How to Price Political Risk

Investors Shouldn't Be Worried About Trump's Trade Tariffs: Ian Bremmer

Investors Shouldn't Be Worried About Trump's Trade Tariffs: Ian Bremmer

3 Hot Reads From TheStreet's Top Premium Columnists

3 Hot Reads From TheStreet's Top Premium Columnists