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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