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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 36 points (-0.2%) at 15,908 as of Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,930 issues advancing vs. 1,011 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

SEI Investments

(

SEIC

), down 8.7%,

Ally Financial

(

ALLY

), down 5.5%,

Orix

(

IX

), down 4.3%,

Ameriprise Financial

(

AMP

), down 4.5% and

Deutsche Bank

(

DB

), down 4.0%. Top gainers within the sector include

MarketAxess Holdings

(

MKTX

), up 4.6%,

Credicorp

(

BAP

), up 4.4%,

Digital Realty

(

DLR

), up 2.6%,

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

(

CM

), up 2.5% and

Bank of Nova Scotia

(

BNS

), up 2.5%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3.

Blackstone Group

(

TheStreet Recommends

BX

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Blackstone Group is down $0.77 (-3.0%) to $24.83 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.60-$25.86 after having opened the day at $25.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.60.

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The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Blackstone Group has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Blackstone Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Blackstone Group

as a

hold

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

Blackstone Group Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Discover Financial Services

(

DFS

) is down $3.62 (-7.4%) to $45.10 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.5 million shares of Discover Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.04-$46.99 after having opened the day at $46.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.72.

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Discover Financial Services operates as a direct banking and payment services company in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. Discover Financial Services has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Discover Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Discover Financial Services

as a

hold

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

Discover Financial Services Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Visa

(

V

) is down $0.80 (-1.1%) to $70.11 on average volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.06-$71.85 after having opened the day at $71.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.91.

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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 $139.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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. We feel its 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 sector could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).