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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 123 points (-0.7%) at 17,854 as of Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,105 issues advancing vs. 1,894 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include

Shinhan Financial Group

(

SHG

), up 2.1%, and

HCP

(

HCP

), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Leucadia National

(

LUK

), down 3.3%,

Macerich

(

MAC

), down 2.9%,

Credicorp

(

BAP

), down 1.6%,

Franklin Resources

(

BEN

), down 1.7% and

Regions Financial

(

RF

), down 1.5%.

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

3.

Bbva Banco FrancesS.A

(

BFR

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Bbva Banco FrancesS.A is up $1.58 (7.4%) to $23.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 395,608 shares of Bbva Banco FrancesS.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 194,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.55-$23.07 after having opened the day at $21.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.42.

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BBVA Banco Frances S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services to corporations, medium and small companies, and individual customers in the Republic of Argentina. The company offers checking and savings accounts, time deposits, and investment accounts. Bbva Banco FrancesS.A has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 55.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Bbva Banco FrancesS.A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Bbva Banco FrancesS.A

TheStreet Recommends

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Bbva Banco FrancesS.A Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Macro Bank

(

BMA

) is up $3.14 (5.1%) to $64.73 on heavy volume. Thus far, 223,112 shares of Macro Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 154,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.04-$64.80 after having opened the day at $61.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.59.

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Banco Macro S.A. provides various banking products and services to individuals, entrepreneurs, companies, and corporate customers in Argentina. Macro Bank has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 40.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Macro Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Macro Bank

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Macro Bank Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Charles Schwab

(

SCHW

) is up $0.25 (0.8%) to $31.04 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.65-$31.13 after having opened the day at $30.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.79.

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The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $39.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Charles Schwab a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Charles Schwab

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full

Charles Schwab 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

).

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