Shares of MetLife Inc. and John Hancock Financial Services surged Tuesday while financial stocks generally had a sluggish day.

MetLife's third-quarter per-share earnings rose 25.6% from a year earlier, to 49 cents, matching Wall Street expectations, according to First Call/Thomson Financial. Joan H. Zief, an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co., said the company's management "confirmed that they can grow earnings by 15% in the next years," and that MetLife has "a strong balance sheet and leverage products."

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