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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 17,806 as of Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,737 issues advancing vs. 1,177 declining with 175 unchanged.

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

HDFC Bank

(

HDB

), up 1.9%,

Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The

(

RBS

), up 1.6%,

Lloyds Banking Group

(

TheStreet Recommends

LYG

), up 1.4%,

Essex Property

(

ESS

), up 1.3% and

General Growth Properties

(

GGP

), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil

(

BSBR

), down 2.8%,

Shinhan Financial Group

(

SHG

), down 2.1%,

Ally Financial

(

ALLY

), down 1.6%,

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), down 0.8% and

Toronto-Dominion Bank

(

TD

), down 0.6%.

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

3.

Prudential Financial

(

PRU

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial is up $0.58 (0.7%) to $86.36 on light volume. Thus far, 264,647 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.57-$86.44 after having opened the day at $85.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.78.

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Prudential Financial, Inc. provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $38.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Prudential Financial

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, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

Prudential Financial Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

PNC Financial Services Group

(

PNC

) is up $0.66 (0.7%) to $95.38 on light volume. Thus far, 480,363 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.33-$95.59 after having opened the day at $94.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.72.

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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $48.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PNC Financial Services 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

PNC Financial Services Group Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

American International Group

(

AIG

) is up $0.33 (0.5%) to $63.48 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.91-$63.50 after having opened the day at $63.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.15.

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American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. American International Group has a market cap of $78.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 12.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American International Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full

American International 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 sector could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).