Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 17,584 as of Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,617 issues advancing vs. 1,280 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include

MarketAxess Holdings

(

MKTX

), up 5.2%,

Credit Acceptance

(

CACC

), up 4.3%,

Navient

(

NAVI

), up 4.3% and

CME Group

(

CME

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

WisdomTree Investments

(

WETF

), down 3.0%,

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), down 2.2%,

Orix

(

IX

), down 1.1%,

KKR

(

KKR

), down 1.1% and

Invesco

(

IVZ

), down 1.0%.

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

3.

Financial Engines

(

FNGN

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Financial Engines is up $0.81 (2.4%) to $35.22 on light volume. Thus far, 43,378 shares of Financial Engines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 429,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.29-$35.25 after having opened the day at $34.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.41.

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Financial Engines, Inc. provides independent, technology-enabled personalized portfolio management services, investment advice, and retirement income services primarily to participants in employer-sponsored defined contribution plans in the United States. Financial Engines has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Financial Engines a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Financial Engines

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation. Get the full

Financial Engines Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Prospect Capital

(

PSEC

) is up $0.16 (2.3%) to $7.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Prospect Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.26-$7.45 after having opened the day at $7.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.22.

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Prospect Capital Corporation is a business development company. Prospect Capital has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Prospect Capital a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Prospect Capital

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Prospect Capital Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

American Capital

(

ACAS

) is up $0.22 (1.6%) to $14.41 on light volume. Thus far, 659,550 shares of American Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.19-$14.44 after having opened the day at $14.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.19.

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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 $3.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate American Capital a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Capital

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

American Capital 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

).