3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 104 points (0.6%) at 17,895 as of Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,771 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), up 4.4%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 2.8%, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), up 2.8%, BanColombia ( CIB), up 2.0% and Equity Residential ( EQR), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Woori Bank ( WF), down 3.1%, Orix ( IX), down 2.6%, Icahn ( IEP), down 1.2%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.4% and Deutsche Bank ( DB), down 0.8%.

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

3. Simon Property Group ( SPG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group is up $2.02 (1.1%) to $177.82 on light volume. Thus far, 445,910 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $175.85-$177.82 after having opened the day at $176.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $175.80.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, management, and development of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $55.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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 Simon Property Group Ratings Report now.

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