3 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 36 points (-0.2%) at 15,908 as of Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,930 issues advancing vs. 1,011 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include MarketAxess Holdings ( MKTX), up 4.5%, Credicorp ( BAP), up 4.2%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 3.0%, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), up 2.5% and Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include SEI Investments ( SEIC), down 8.8%, Ally Financial ( ALLY), down 5.2%, Orix ( IX), down 4.6%, Ameriprise Financial ( AMP), down 4.5% and Deutsche Bank ( DB), down 4.3%.

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

3. Regions Financial ( RF) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Regions Financial is up $0.17 (2.1%) to $8.12 on average volume. Thus far, 13.2 million shares of Regions Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.05-$8.26 after having opened the day at $8.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.95.

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Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. Regions Financial has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 18.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Regions Financial a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Regions Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is up $0.30 (0.9%) to $31.95 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.72-$32.28 after having opened the day at $31.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.65.

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BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $24.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 16.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate BB&T a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full BB&T Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is up $0.86 (0.8%) to $108.96 on light volume. Thus far, 841,552 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.42-$109.50 after having opened the day at $108.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.10.

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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 $36.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, solid stock price performance 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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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).