All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 18,524 as of Monday, July 18, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,660 issues advancing vs. 1,244 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include

Lazard

(

LAZ

), up 2.8%,

NorthStar Asset Management Group

(

NSAM

), up 2.2%,

OneMain Holdings

(

OMF

), up 2.2%,

Carlyle Group

(

CG

), up 1.8% and

Legg Mason

(

LM

), up 1.6%.

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

3.

Northern

(

NTRS

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Northern is up $0.54 (0.8%) to $67.56 on light volume. Thus far, 375,964 shares of Northern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.09-$67.64 after having opened the day at $67.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.02.

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Northern Trust Corporation, a financial holding company, provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary, and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families, and individuals worldwide. Northern has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Northern a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Northern

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Northern Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Blackstone Group

(

BX

) is up $0.14 (0.5%) to $25.14 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.96-$25.17 after having opened the day at $25.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.00.

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The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Blackstone Group has a market cap of $29.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Blackstone Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Blackstone Group

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation. Get the full

Blackstone Group Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Ameriprise Financial

(

AMP

) is up $0.57 (0.6%) to $96.81 on light volume. Thus far, 405,600 shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.99-$96.95 after having opened the day at $96.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.24.

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Ameriprise Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services to individual and institutional clients in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ameriprise Financial

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Ameriprise Financial 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 services industry could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).