Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 21 points (0.1%) at 16,188 as of Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,791 issues advancing vs. 1,124 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include

Capital One Financial

(

COF

), up 6.1%,

Navient

(

NAVI

), up 4.9%,

Orix

(

IX

), up 4.3%,

Raymond James Financial

(

RJF

), up 3.4% and

Northern

(

NTRS

), up 2.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Total System Services

(

TSS

), down 11.0%, and

State Street

(

STT

), down 4.3%.

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

3.

Morgan Stanley

(

MS

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Morgan Stanley is up $0.62 (2.5%) to $25.96 on average volume. Thus far, 6.1 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.05-$26.02 after having opened the day at $25.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.34.

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Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $48.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 19.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Morgan Stanley a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Morgan Stanley

TST Recommends

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Morgan Stanley Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

American Express

(

AXP

) is up $0.31 (0.6%) to $55.40 on average volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.08-$55.82 after having opened the day at $55.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.09.

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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 $54.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 20.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

American Express Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Goldman Sachs Group

(

GS

) is up $3.38 (2.2%) to $157.83 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $153.45-$157.84 after having opened the day at $153.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.45.

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The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. operates as an investment banking, securities, and investment management company worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending, and Investment Management. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $64.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Goldman Sachs Group

as a

hold

. The company's strongest point has been its very decent return on equity which we feel should persist. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full

Goldman Sachs Group 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

).