3 Stocks Driving The Financial Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 18,317 as of Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,119 issues advancing vs. 1,843 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 3.1%, SunTrust Banks ( STI), up 1.6%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.3%, BB&T ( BBT), up 1.3% and Bank of America Corporation ( BAC), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Kearny Financial ( KRNY), down 26.9%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.7%, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), down 1.2%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 1.1% and Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 0.8%.

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

3. Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Fifth Third Bancorp is up $0.30 (1.5%) to $20.82 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Fifth Third Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.65-$20.93 after having opened the day at $20.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.52.

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Fifth Third Bancorp operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. It operates through four segments: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third Bancorp has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Fifth Third Bancorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fifth Third Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Fifth Third Bancorp Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Capital One Financial ( COF) is up $0.68 (0.8%) to $85.24 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.69-$85.26 after having opened the day at $84.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.56.

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Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $45.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is up $0.94 (1.2%) to $81.12 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.37-$81.28 after having opened the day at $80.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.17.

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American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S. American Express has a market cap of $81.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Express 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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