3 Stocks Moving The Financial Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 120 points (-0.7%) at 18,024 as of Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,001 issues advancing vs. 1,949 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the sector that increased today was Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 5.7%, Credit Acceptance ( CACC), down 2.7%, Blackstone Group ( BX), down 0.9%, Orix ( IX), down 1.1% and KeyCorp ( KEY), down 1.1%.

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

3. Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil is up $0.07 (1.3%) to $5.52 on light volume. Thus far, 176,363 shares of Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.42-$5.54 after having opened the day at $5.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.45.

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Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. provides banking products and services in Brazil and internationally. It offers commercial banking, investment, mortgage, leasing, credit card, and foreign exchange services, as well as various lending and financing services. Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil has a market cap of $40.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Bank of Montreal ( BMO) is up $0.26 (0.4%) to $61.14 on light volume. Thus far, 191,745 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 705,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.51-$61.23 after having opened the day at $60.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.88.

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Bank of Montreal offers various banking products and services in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $38.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Bank of Montreal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Montreal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Bank of Montreal Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is up $0.33 (0.9%) to $36.36 on light volume. Thus far, 420,761 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.94-$36.42 after having opened the day at $36.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.03.

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $34.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management 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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