Sector Update: Financial

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Financial stocks are mostly higher in late trade today with the NYSE Financial Sector Index advancing about 0.4% and the S&P Financial 100 Index gaining almost 0.6%.

In company news, American Express ( AXP ) is narrowly lower at $76.03 a share, sliding less than 0.1% after today disclosing plans to turn its business travel division over to a joint venture with an investor group led by Certares.

The proposed change follows sizable job cuts at the unit. AXP will maintain a 50% stake in the joint venture, which is expected to remain under the American Express Global Business Travel brand.

The investor group will spend between $700 million and $1 billion for the venture, AXP said.

In other sector news,

(+) EHTH, Private online health insurance exchange partners with Intuit Inc. ( INTU ) to expand consumer enrollment in individual and family health insurance plans.

(-) NSM, Prices upsized $225-mln offering of 6.5% senior notes due 2018 by its Nationstar Mortgage LLC and Nationstar Capital Corp. subsidiaries. It originally planned to offer $150 mln of the notes.



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Referenced Stocks: AXP , INTU

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