All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 69 points (0.4%) at 16,709 as of Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,159 issues advancing vs. 752 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include

Blackstone Group

(

BX

), up 2.3%, and

Affiliated Managers Group

(

AMG

), up 2.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was

Synchrony Financial

(

SYF

), up 1.9%.

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 $1.24 (1.4%) to $88.81 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.25-$88.83 after having opened the day at $87.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.57.

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MasterCard Incorporated, a technology company, provides transaction processing and other payment-related products and services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard has a market cap of $97.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate MasterCard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its 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 $0.65 (1.2%) to $56.03 on light volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.81-$56.08 after having opened the day at $55.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.38.

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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. It operates through four segments: U.S. American Express has a market cap of $53.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 20.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Express

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full

American Express Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Visa

(

V

) is up $1.02 (1.4%) to $73.76 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.78-$73.80 after having opened the day at $72.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.73.

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Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates an open-loop 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 $160.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 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

).