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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 31 points (-0.2%) at 18,049 as of Monday, April 27, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,377 issues advancing vs. 1,612 declining with 170 unchanged.

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

Noah Holdings

(

NOAH

), up 3.4%,

State Street

(

STT

), up 1.5%,

Affiliated Managers Group

(

AMG

), up 1.4%,

Credit Acceptance

(

CACC

), up 1.4% and

Leucadia National

(

LUK

), up 1.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was

Western Union

(

WU

), up 1.0%.

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

3.

Franklin Resources

(

BEN

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources is up $0.41 (0.8%) to $52.20 on light volume. Thus far, 563,374 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.79-$52.35 after having opened the day at $52.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.79.

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Franklin Resources, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $32.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Franklin Resources

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Franklin Resources Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Blackstone Group

(

BX

) is up $0.33 (0.8%) to $41.74 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.50-$41.79 after having opened the day at $41.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.41.

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The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Blackstone Group has a market cap of $24.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 21.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Blackstone Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Blackstone Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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

Blackstone Group Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Discover Financial Services

(

DFS

) is up $0.35 (0.6%) to $58.74 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Discover Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.25-$58.80 after having opened the day at $58.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.39.

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Discover Financial Services operates as a direct banking and payment services company in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. Discover Financial Services has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Discover Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Discover Financial Services

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

Discover Financial Services 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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