3 Financial Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 18,094 as of Thursday, May 28, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 843 issues advancing vs. 2,162 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the sector that increased today was Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 4.3%, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), down 3.6%, Aegon ( AEG), down 2.3%, Bank of Montreal ( BMO), down 2.1% and BanColombia ( CIB), down 2.1%.

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

3. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is up $0.05 (0.7%) to $7.36 on light volume. Thus far, 421,931 shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.31-$7.37 after having opened the day at $7.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.31.

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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has a market cap of $102.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 32.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Manulife Financial ( MFC) is up $0.10 (0.5%) to $18.45 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Manulife Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.16-$18.49 after having opened the day at $18.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.35.

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Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection and wealth management products and services to individual, corporate, and business customers primarily in Asia, Canada, and the United States. Manulife Financial has a market cap of $36.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Manulife Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Manulife 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Manulife Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is up $0.14 (0.5%) to $26.51 on light volume. Thus far, 474,450 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.34-$26.61 after having opened the day at $26.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.37.

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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 $40.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Credit Suisse 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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