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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 20 points (0.1%) at 17,644 as of Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,396 issues advancing vs. 1,484 declining with 190 unchanged.

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

Ares Management

(

ARES

), up 2.4%,

Total System Services

(

TSS

), up 0.9% and

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

LendingClub

(

LC

), down 3.0%,

Credit Acceptance

(

CACC

), down 2.7%,

Leucadia National

(

LUK

), down 1.4%,

Orix

(

IX

), down 1.4% and

Goldman Sachs Group

(

GS

), down 1.1%.

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 $0.31 (2.1%) to $15.33 on light volume. Thus far, 530,894 shares of American Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.91-$15.34 after having opened the day at $14.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.02.

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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 $3.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Capital a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

American Capital

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

American Capital Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Nasdaq

(

NDAQ

) is up $0.58 (0.9%) to $64.85 on average volume. Thus far, 581,036 shares of Nasdaq exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.75-$64.95 after having opened the day at $64.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.27.

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Nasdaq, Inc. provides trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, information, and public company services worldwide. It operates in four segments: Market Services, Listing Services, Information Services, and Technology Solutions. Nasdaq has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Nasdaq a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Nasdaq

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Nasdaq Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Equifax

(

EFX

) is up $0.58 (0.5%) to $112.80 on light volume. Thus far, 164,697 shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 909,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.09-$112.81 after having opened the day at $111.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.22.

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Equifax Inc. provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company operates through four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions, and Personal Solutions. Equifax has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Equifax

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase 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

Equifax 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

).