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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2. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is up $0.37 (0.7%) to $55.94 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.31-$56.15 after having opened the day at $55.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.57.

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MetLife, Inc. provides life insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management products in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $62.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full MetLife Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is up $0.44 (0.7%) to $68.43 on average volume. Thus far, 6.0 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.62-$68.50 after having opened the day at $67.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.99.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. provides various financial services worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Consumer & Community Banking, Corporate & Investment Bank, Commercial Banking, and Asset Management. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $253.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full JPMorgan Chase 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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