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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 17,997 as of Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, 12:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,566 issues advancing vs. 1,413 declining with 145 unchanged.

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

Navient

(

NAVI

), up 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), up 1.3%,

HD Supply Holdings

(

HDS

), up 1.2%,

Springleaf Holdings

(

LEAF

), up 0.8%,

Orix

(

IX

), up 1.2% and

American Express

(

AXP

), up 0.7%.

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

3.

Waddell & Reed Financial

(

WDR

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Waddell & Reed Financial is down $0.90 (-1.8%) to $50.49 on average volume. Thus far, 501,893 shares of Waddell & Reed Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.95-$51.23 after having opened the day at $51.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.39.

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Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides investment management, investment product underwriting and distribution, and shareholder services administration to mutual funds, and institutional and separately managed accounts in the United States. Waddell & Reed Financial has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Waddell & Reed Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Waddell & Reed Financial

as a

buy

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

Waddell & Reed Financial Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

KKR

(

KKR

) is down $0.20 (-0.8%) to $24.00 on light volume. Thus far, 484,696 shares of KKR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.91-$24.20 after having opened the day at $24.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.20.

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KKR & Co. L.P. is a private equity and real estate investment firm specializing in direct and fund of fund investments. It specializes in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, credit special situations, growth equity, mature, mezzanine, distressed, and middle market investments. KKR has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate KKR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

KKR

as a

buy

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

KKR Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

CME Group

(

CME

) is down $0.95 (-1.0%) to $93.23 on average volume. Thus far, 739,057 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.48-$94.16 after having opened the day at $94.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.18.

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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 $31.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

CME Group 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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