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Financial stocks were broadly higher in afternoon trading, including a less than 0.1% gain for the NYSE Financial Index while shares of financial companies in the S&P 500 were climbing more than 0.5%. The Philadelphia Housing Index was rising about 0.9%.

Among financial stocks moving on news:

(-) TheStreet ( TST ) was down nearly 3% on Thursday, giving back a 5% gain soon after the opening bell. The financial news platform said it will pay a special dividend of $1.77 per share on April 22 to shareholders of record on April 15. The company also is planning a 1-for-10 reverse stock split effective with the start of trading on April 26.

In other sector news:

(+) Evo Payments ( EVOP ) was fractionally higher after the electronic payments processor Thursday priced a $132.5 million public offering of 5 million of its class A common shares at at $26.50 each, marking a 2.4% discount from its prior close.

(-) Nomura Holdings ( NMR ) declined Thursday, dropping over 1%, after the Japanese brokerage and investment bank said it was overhauling its wholesale business, including closing 30 of its 156 domestic retail branches, as part of efforts to cut costs by around $1 billion yearly.

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