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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 16 points (-0.1%) at 16,836 as of Monday, June 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,605 issues advancing vs. 1,347 declining with 197 unchanged.

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

Zillow

(

Z

), up 3.3%,

KKR

(

KKR

), up 1.9%,

Orix

(

IX

), up 1.5%,

National Bank of Greece

(

NBG

), up 1.4% and

Weyerhaeuser

(

WY

), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Rayonier

(

RYN

), down 26.5%,

Vornado Realty

(

VNO

), down 1.1%,

Deutsche Bank

(

DB

), down 0.9%,

Wells Fargo

(

WFC

), down 0.9% and

Charles Schwab

(

SCHW

), down 0.8%.

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

3.

CME Group

(

CME

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, CME Group is up $0.62 (0.9%) to $71.04 on light volume. Thus far, 567,863 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.56-$71.70 after having opened the day at $70.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.42.

CME Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates contract markets for the trading of futures and options on futures contracts worldwide. CME Group has a market cap of $23.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate CME Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

CME Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

CME Group Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Bank of New York Mellon

(

BK

) is up $0.82 (2.3%) to $37.05 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.1 million shares of Bank of New York Mellon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.89-$37.95 after having opened the day at $37.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.23.

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation provides various financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Its Investment Management segment provides institutional, intermediary, retirement and retail investment management, distribution, and related services. Bank of New York Mellon has a market cap of $40.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Bank of New York Mellon a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Bank of New York Mellon

as a

buy

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

Bank of New York Mellon Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

BlackRock

(

BLK

) is up $3.20 (1.0%) to $320.29 on average volume. Thus far, 234,430 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 586,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $316.50-$320.64 after having opened the day at $317.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $317.09.

BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $52.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

BlackRock

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, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

BlackRock 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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