10 Financial Services Stocks with Top Stories from the Week

Here’s your Cheat Sheet to some of this week’s top financial industry business headlines:

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Essex Property Trust (NYSE:ESS): Current price $154.28

Barclays commented that, “An apartment company focused on high barrier to enter West Coast markets, Essex, is our top stock pick for 2013. In our view, Essex is poised to generate better-than-average same-store NOI growth in 2013 and 2014, driven by the company’s exposure to northern and southern California and Seattle – all markets with better than average employment growth, often technology related. Our $181 12-month price target implies a 21.4 percent total return, including the 2.9 percent dividend yield. Further, we project a 7.6 percent annual five-year dividend growth rate.”