All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 163 points (-1.0%) at 16,122 as of Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,041 issues advancing vs. 1,943 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. A company within the industry that increased today was

Orix

(

IX

), up 3.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Capital Southwest Corporation

(

CSWC

), down 14.8%,

WisdomTree Investments

(

WETF

), down 6.2%,

Navient

(

NAVI

), down 2.5%,

SLM

(

SLM

), down 2.4% and

Nasdaq

(

NDAQ

), down 2.2%.

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

3.

American Capital

(

ACAS

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Capital is up $0.26 (2.1%) to $12.42 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of American Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.12-$12.49 after having opened the day at $12.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.16.

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American Capital, Ltd. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in management and employee buyouts, subordinated debt, leveraged finance, mezzanine, acquisition, recapitalization, middle market, early venture, mature, industry consolidation, and growth capital investments. American Capital has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 23.7. Shares are down 17.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Capital a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Capital

as a

hold

TheStreet Recommends

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full

American Capital Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Ares Capital Corporation

(

ARCC

) is up $0.53 (3.6%) to $15.01 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Ares Capital Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.59-$15.01 after having opened the day at $14.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.48.

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Ares Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in acquisition, recapitalization, mezzanine debt, restructurings, rescue financing, and leveraged buyout transactions of middle market companies. It also makes growth capital and general refinancing. Ares Capital Corporation has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 23.7. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Ares Capital Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ares Capital Corporation

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Ares Capital Corporation Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Credit Acceptance

(

CACC

) is up $6.93 (3.5%) to $203.80 on average volume. Thus far, 59,163 shares of Credit Acceptance exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 131,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $195.00-$204.00 after having opened the day at $196.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $196.87.

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Credit Acceptance Corporation provides automobile dealers financing programs, and related products and services that enable them to sell vehicles to consumers. Credit Acceptance has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 23.7. Shares are up 44.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Credit Acceptance a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Credit Acceptance

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

Credit Acceptance 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

).