3 Stocks Advancing The Financial Sector

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 192 points (-1.2%) at 16,087 as of Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 732 issues advancing vs. 2,239 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. A company within the sector that increased today was Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), up 2.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Blackstone Group ( BX), down 4.2%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 2.8%, KKR ( KKR), down 2.7%, Equinix ( EQIX), down 2.3% and CBRE Group ( CBG), down 1.9%.

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

3. Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lloyds Banking Group is up $0.12 (2.7%) to $4.59 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.54-$4.59 after having opened the day at $4.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.47.

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Lloyds Banking Group plc provides a range of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company operates through five segments: Retail, Commercial Banking, Consumer Finance, Insurance, and TSB. Lloyds Banking Group has a market cap of $80.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Lloyds Banking Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lloyds Banking Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, BanColombia ( CIB) is up $0.70 (2.3%) to $31.55 on average volume. Thus far, 221,771 shares of BanColombia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 351,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.83-$31.81 after having opened the day at $30.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.85.

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Bancolombia S.A. provides various banking products and services to individual, corporate, and government customers. The company operates through Banking Colombia, Banking Panama, Banking El Salvador, Leasing, Trust, Investment Banking, Brokerage, Off Shore, Insurance, and All Other segments. BanColombia has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 35.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate BanColombia a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BanColombia as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full BanColombia Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Arch Capital Group ( ACGL) is up $1.34 (1.9%) to $71.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 366,203 shares of Arch Capital Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 448,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.16-$71.19 after having opened the day at $69.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.72.

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Arch Capital Group Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides property, casualty, and mortgage insurance and reinsurance products worldwide. Arch Capital Group has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are up 18.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Arch Capital Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Arch Capital Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Arch Capital 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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