3 Stocks Moving the Financial Sector Upward

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 90 points (-0.5%) at 16,426 as of Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,117 issues advancing vs. 1,828 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Aegon ( AEG), up 8.9%, MetLife ( MET), up 5.4%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 3.0%, Brixmor Property Group ( BRX), up 2.4% and Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include LendingTree ( TREE), down 25.0%, BOK Financial ( BOKF), down 7.2%, Cullen/Frost Bankers ( CFR), down 5.8%, OneMain Holdings ( OMF), down 5.3% and First American Financial ( FAF), down 5.1%.

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

3. Prudential Financial ( PRU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial is up $0.90 (1.2%) to $74.02 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.97-$75.67 after having opened the day at $74.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.12.

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Prudential Financial, Inc. provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $32.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial 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 expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is up $0.85 (0.8%) to $112.95 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.13-$113.73 after having opened the day at $113.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.10.

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ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance products worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $35.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full ACE Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is up $0.45 (0.8%) to $58.41 on average volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.40-$59.35 after having opened the day at $59.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.96.

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American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. American International Group has a market cap of $71.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. 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 and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full American International 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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