3 Financial Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher - TheStreet

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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 62 points (0.4%) at 16,880 as of Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,323 issues advancing vs. 662 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), up 5.1%,

TD Ameritrade

(

AMTD

), up 2.6%,

CIT Group

(

CIT

), up 2.0%,

Invesco

(

IVZ

), up 1.8% and

HD Supply Holdings

(

HDS

), up 1.7%. A company within the industry that fell today was

Orix

(

IX

), up 0.8%.

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

3.

MasterCard

(

MA

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, MasterCard is up $0.75 (1.0%) to $74.86 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.47-$75.00 after having opened the day at $74.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.11.

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MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. MasterCard has a market cap of $82.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate MasterCard a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

MasterCard

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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

MasterCard Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

American Express

(

AXP

) is up $0.58 (0.7%) to $87.21 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.96-$87.48 after having opened the day at $87.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.63.

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American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S. American Express has a market cap of $90.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Express

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

American Express Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Visa

(

V

) is up $1.36 (0.6%) to $214.77 on average volume. Thus far, 957,123 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $214.06-$215.34 after having opened the day at $214.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $213.41.

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Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $105.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Visa

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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Visa 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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