3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Financial Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 51 points (-0.3%) at 18,140 as of Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,286 issues advancing vs. 1,726 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 2.3%, Aegon ( AEG), up 2.1%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.8%, Prudential Financial ( PRU), up 1.6% and MetLife ( MET), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 3.1%, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), down 2.9%, Orix ( IX), down 2.5%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 2.2% and Travelers Companies ( TRV), down 2.0%.

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

3. TD Ameritrade ( AMTD) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, TD Ameritrade is up $0.78 (2.1%) to $37.16 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of TD Ameritrade exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.51-$37.34 after having opened the day at $36.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.38.

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TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage services and related technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. TD Ameritrade has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate TD Ameritrade a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TD Ameritrade as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full TD Ameritrade Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, SunTrust Banks ( STI) is up $0.41 (1.0%) to $42.77 on light volume. Thus far, 919,001 shares of SunTrust Banks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.17-$42.80 after having opened the day at $42.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.36.

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SunTrust Banks, Inc. operates as the holding company for SunTrust Bank that provides various financial services in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, and Mortgage Banking. SunTrust Banks has a market cap of $21.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate SunTrust Banks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SunTrust Banks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full SunTrust Banks Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CME Group ( CME) is up $1.22 (1.3%) to $95.59 on light volume. Thus far, 541,865 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.39-$95.82 after having opened the day at $94.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.37.

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CME Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates contract markets for the trading of futures and options on futures contracts worldwide. CME Group has a market cap of $31.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate CME Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CME Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full CME Group 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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