Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Financial Sector

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 67 points (-0.4%) at 18,405 as of Thursday, July 28, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,296 issues advancing vs. 1,538 declining with 200 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 9.4%, Unum Group ( UNM), up 4.1%, Arch Capital Group ( ACGL), up 3.8%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.8% and Prologis ( PLD), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 5.9%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 5.2%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 4.8%, Public Storage ( PSA), down 3.7% and Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 3.5%.

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

3. Vornado Realty ( VNO) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty is up $1.04 (1.0%) to $105.29 on light volume. Thus far, 267,983 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 958,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.06-$105.36 after having opened the day at $104.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.25.

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Vornado Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in commercial real estate properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Vornado Inc. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is up $1.34 (1.0%) to $139.99 on light volume. Thus far, 184,110 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 755,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $138.56-$140.00 after having opened the day at $138.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $138.65.

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Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 8.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is up $0.69 (0.9%) to $74.23 on light volume. Thus far, 576,143 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.38-$74.30 after having opened the day at $73.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.54.

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Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $24.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 30.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Ventas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ventas 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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