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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 60 points (0.3%) at 17,380 as of Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,141 issues advancing vs. 842 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include

Orix

(

IX

), up 0.8%,

BlackRock

(

BLK

), up 0.6% and

MasterCard

(

MA

), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Goldman Sachs Group

(

GS

), down 1.4%, and

KKR

(

KKR

), down 0.8%.

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

3.

American Capital

(

ACAS

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Capital is up $0.24 (1.7%) to $14.30 on light volume. Thus far, 644,579 shares of American Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.01-$14.34 after having opened the day at $14.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.06.

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American Capital, Ltd. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in management and employee buyouts, subordinated debt, leveraged finance, mezzanine, acquisition, recapitalization, middle market, early venture, mature, industry consolidation, and growth capital investments. American Capital has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Capital a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Capital

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

American Capital Ratings Report

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now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Principal Financial Group

(

PFG

) is up $0.20 (0.4%) to $47.66 on light volume. Thus far, 444,821 shares of Principal Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.15-$47.91 after having opened the day at $47.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.46.

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Principal Financial Group, Inc. provides retirement savings, investment, and insurance products and services. It operates through Retirement and Investor Services, Principal Global Investors, Principal International, and U.S. Insurance Solutions segments. Principal Financial Group has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Principal Financial Group a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Principal Financial Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Principal Financial Group Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Franklin Resources

(

BEN

) is up $0.14 (0.3%) to $51.13 on average volume. Thus far, 764,086 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.49-$51.32 after having opened the day at $50.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.99.

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Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $32.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Franklin Resources

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Franklin Resources 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

).

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