3 Stocks Raising The Financial Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.1%) at 18,080 as of Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,119 issues advancing vs. 1,860 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 2.4%, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), up 1.5%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 1.5%, Public Storage ( PSA), up 1.1% and KB Financial Group ( KB), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 2.9%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 1.6%, Principal Financial Group ( PFG), down 1.4%, ACE ( ACE), down 1.2% and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 1.2%.

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

3. Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank is up $0.27 (0.6%) to $46.20 on average volume. Thus far, 822,682 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.85-$46.24 after having opened the day at $45.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.93.

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The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial and banking services in North America and internationally. The company operates through Canadian Retail, U.S. Retail, and Wholesale Banking segments. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $85.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Toronto-Dominion Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toronto-Dominion Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Toronto-Dominion Bank Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY) is up $0.51 (0.8%) to $65.87 on light volume. Thus far, 490,455 shares of Royal Bank Of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.28-$66.03 after having opened the day at $65.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.36.

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Royal Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified financial service company worldwide. The company operates through five segments: Personal & Commercial Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance, Investor & Treasury Services, and Capital Markets. Royal Bank Of Canada has a market cap of $94.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Royal Bank Of Canada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank Of Canada as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Royal Bank Of Canada Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Regions Financial ( RF) is up $0.10 (1.0%) to $10.17 on average volume. Thus far, 11.9 million shares of Regions Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.99-$10.20 after having opened the day at $10.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.07.

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Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. Regions Financial has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Regions Financial a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Regions Financial 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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