All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 17,319 as of Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,948 issues advancing vs. 970 declining with 162 unchanged.

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

Annaly Capital Management

(

NLY

), up 2.0%,

HCP

(

HCP

), up 1.8%,

Weyerhaeuser

(

WY

), up 1.8%,

Ventas

(

VTR

), up 1.5% and

Welltower

(

HCN

), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Total System Services

(

TSS

), down 1.8%,

Capital One Financial

(

COF

), down 1.4% and

Aon

(

AON

), down 0.6%.

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

3.

Simon Property Group

(

SPG

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group is up $2.10 (1.1%) to $193.94 on average volume. Thus far, 526,942 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $192.20-$194.19 after having opened the day at $192.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $191.84.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, management, and development of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $58.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Simon Property Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

Simon Property Group Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

MetLife

(

MET

) is up $0.24 (0.5%) to $47.06 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.66-$47.25 after having opened the day at $47.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.82.

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MetLife, Inc. provides life insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management products in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $51.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 13.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

MetLife

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

MetLife Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

American International Group

(

AIG

) is up $0.42 (0.7%) to $60.39 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.92-$60.41 after having opened the day at $60.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.97.

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American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. American International Group has a market cap of $73.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American International Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full

American International 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 sector could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).