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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 84 points (0.5%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,536 issues advancing vs. 1,417 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include

Green Dot

(

GDOT

), up 18.6%,

National Bank of Greece

(

NBG

), up 6.0%,

KB Financial Group

(

KB

), up 1.9%,

Fidelity National Financial

(

FNF

), up 1.9% and

Host Hotels & Resorts

(

HST

), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Blackstone Group

(

BX

), down 2.1%,

Brookfield Asset Management

(

BAM

), down 1.2%,

Bank of Montreal

(

BMO

), down 0.8%,

Morgan Stanley

(

MS

), down 0.7% and

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

(

CM

), down 0.7%.

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

3.

MasterCard

(

MA

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, MasterCard is up $0.92 (1.2%) to $76.43 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.55-$76.62 after having opened the day at $75.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.51.

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MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. MasterCard has a market cap of $84.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate MasterCard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

MasterCard

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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

MasterCard Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

American International Group

(

AIG

) is up $0.36 (0.7%) to $54.87 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.45-$55.08 after having opened the day at $54.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.51.

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American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments: AIG Property Casualty, and AIG Life and Retirement. American International Group has a market cap of $78.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American International Group

as a

buy

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

American International Group Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Visa

(

V

) is up $1.61 (0.8%) to $214.07 on light volume. Thus far, 835,412 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $212.25-$214.58 after having opened the day at $212.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $212.46.

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Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic 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 $105.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 20 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these 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

).

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