All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 17,319 as of Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,948 issues advancing vs. 970 declining with 162 unchanged.

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

CME Group

(

CME

), up 1.4%,

HD Supply Holdings

(

HDS

), up 1.2%,

E*Trade Financial

(

ETFC

), up 0.8%,

Ameriprise Financial

(

AMP

), up 0.8% and

Principal Financial Group

(

PFG

), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Total System Services

(

TSS

), down 1.8%,

OneMain Holdings

(

OMF

), down 1.4%,

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), down 1.1% and

SEI Investments

(

SEIC

), down 0.6%.

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

3.

Western Union

(

WU

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Western Union is up $0.15 (0.8%) to $18.16 on light volume. Thus far, 909,232 shares of Western Union exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.02-$18.18 after having opened the day at $18.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.01.

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The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Western Union a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Western Union

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Western Union Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Charles Schwab

(

SCHW

) is up $0.27 (0.8%) to $32.48 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.16-$32.58 after having opened the day at $32.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.21.

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The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $42.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Charles Schwab a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Charles Schwab

as a

buy

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

Charles Schwab Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Synchrony Financial

(

SYF

) is up $0.24 (0.8%) to $29.96 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Synchrony Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.76-$30.02 after having opened the day at $29.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.73.

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Synchrony Financial operates as a consumer financial services company in the United States. Synchrony Financial has a market cap of $24.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Synchrony Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Synchrony Financial

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full

Synchrony Financial 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

).