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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 29 points (0.2%) at 17,012 as of Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,550 issues advancing vs. 1,408 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include

Greenhill

(

GHL

), up 6.8%,

Financial Engines

(

FNGN

), up 4.5%,

E*Trade Financial

(

ETFC

), up 2.7%,

Evercore Partners

(

EVR

), up 2.6% and

TD Ameritrade

(

AMTD

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

Affiliated Managers Group

(

AMG

), down 1.1%,

Blackstone Group

(

BX

), down 1.1% and

Morgan Stanley

(

MS

), down 0.5%.

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

3.

KKR

(

KKR

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, KKR is up $0.21 (0.9%) to $24.64 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of KKR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.34-$24.69 after having opened the day at $24.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.43.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. is a private equity investment firm specializing in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, special situations, growth equity, mature, mezzanine, distressed, and middle market investments. KKR has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate KKR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

KKR

as a

buy

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

KKR Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

CME Group

(

CME

) is up $0.60 (0.8%) to $75.74 on light volume. Thus far, 481,556 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.96-$75.74 after having opened the day at $75.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.14.

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 $25.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

CME Group Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

BlackRock

(

BLK

) is up $1.68 (0.5%) to $318.11 on average volume. Thus far, 214,896 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 541,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $316.26-$319.25 after having opened the day at $317.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $316.43.

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 $52.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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

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 services industry could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).

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