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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 15 points (-0.1%) at 17,673 as of Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 12:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 967 issues advancing vs. 1,986 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include

Lloyds Banking Group

(

LYG

), up 1.4%,

Shinhan Financial Group

(

SHG

), up 1.2%,

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), up 1.1% and

Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The

(

RBS

), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Woori Finance Holdings

(

WF

), down 10.7%,

E*Trade Financial

(

ETFC

), down 1.9%,

Host Hotels & Resorts

(

HST

), down 1.6%,

Charles Schwab

(

SCHW

), down 1.2% and

Invesco

(

IVZ

), down 1.3%.

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

3.

Taubman Centers

(

TCO

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Taubman Centers is up $1.79 (2.4%) to $78.09 on heavy volume. Thus far, 429,581 shares of Taubman Centers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 345,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.29-$78.33 after having opened the day at $77.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.30.

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Taubman Centers, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust. As of June 30, 2005, the company owned a 63% managing general partner's interest in The Taubman Realty Group Limited Partnership (the operating partnership). Taubman Centers has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 19.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Taubman Centers a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Taubman Centers

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full

Taubman Centers Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Macerich

(

MAC

) is up $5.23 (7.5%) to $75.11 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 905,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.53-$77.08 after having opened the day at $73.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.88.

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The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 18.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Macerich

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, 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

Macerich Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Allstate

(

ALL

) is up $0.36 (0.5%) to $67.14 on light volume. Thus far, 603,702 shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.68-$67.15 after having opened the day at $66.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.79.

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The Allstate Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and retirement and investment products primarily in the United States. Allstate has a market cap of $28.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 22.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Allstate a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Allstate

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Allstate 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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