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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 16,218 as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was

Orix Corporation

(

IX

), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Apollo Investment

(

AINV

), down 6.0%,

Prospect Capital Corporation

(

PSEC

), down 2.7%,

Western Union Company

(

WU

), down 1.5%,

American Capital

(

ACAS

), down 1.4% and

SLM

(

SLM

), down 1.3%.

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

3.

NASDAQ OMX Group

(

NDAQ

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, NASDAQ OMX Group is up $0.24 (0.6%) to $39.36 on light volume. Thus far, 378,639 shares of NASDAQ OMX Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.68-$39.40 after having opened the day at $38.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.12.

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. delivers trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, and public company services worldwide. NASDAQ OMX Group has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate NASDAQ OMX Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

NASDAQ OMX Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

NASDAQ OMX Group Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

IntercontinentalExchange Group

(

ICE

) is up $1.48 (0.7%) to $216.80 on light volume. Thus far, 278,031 shares of IntercontinentalExchange Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 966,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $214.07-$217.21 after having opened the day at $214.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $215.32.

IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. operates a network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses for financial and commodity markets in the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Canada. IntercontinentalExchange Group has a market cap of $24.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate IntercontinentalExchange Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

IntercontinentalExchange Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full

IntercontinentalExchange Group Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Visa

(

V

) is up $1.62 (0.7%) to $227.81 on light volume. Thus far, 927,692 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $225.49-$228.43 after having opened the day at $226.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $226.19.

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 $112.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 good cash flow from operations. 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

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 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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