3 Stocks Advancing The Financial Sector

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 95 points (-0.5%) at 18,476 as of Monday, July 25, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 974 issues advancing vs. 1,919 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include EverBank Financial ( EVER), up 12.3%, Ares Management ( ARES), up 6.2%, KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.1%, UBS Group ( UBS), up 1.0% and Prologis ( PLD), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 9.8%, BanColombia ( CIB), down 3.3%, Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores ( AVAL), down 2.8%, E*TRADE Financial ( ETFC), down 2.8% and Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 2.8%.

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

3. Aegon ( AEG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Aegon is up $0.05 (1.3%) to $3.91 on light volume. Thus far, 393,271 shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.88-$3.92 after having opened the day at $3.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.86.

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Aegon N.V. provides life insurance, pensions, and asset management services. Aegon has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 31.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Aegon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aegon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 Aegon Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is up $0.07 (0.6%) to $11.61 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.61-$11.75 after having opened the day at $11.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.54.

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Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services worldwide. It operates through Swiss Universal Bank, International Wealth Management, Asia Pacific, Global Markets, and Investment Banking & Capital Markets segments. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $22.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 46.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Credit Suisse Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Credit Suisse Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Blackstone Group ( BX) is up $0.20 (0.7%) to $27.62 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.45-$28.28 after having opened the day at $27.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.42.

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The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Blackstone Group has a market cap of $32.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Blackstone Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Blackstone Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. 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 Blackstone 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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