All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 65 points (0.4%) at 17,698 as of Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,906 issues advancing vs. 1,052 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include

Western Alliance Bancorp

(

WAL

), up 9.0%,

MetLife

(

MET

), up 4.8%,

HDFC Bank

(

HDB

), up 2.7%,

Prudential Financial

(

PRU

), up 2.6% and

Manulife Financial

(

MFC

), up 2.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was

Deutsche Bank

(

DB

), up 1.7%.

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

3.

American International Group

(

AIG

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, American International Group is up $1.08 (2.0%) to $54.46 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.77-$54.90 after having opened the day at $54.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.39.

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American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates through two segments, Commercial Insurance and Consumer Insurance. American International Group has a market cap of $61.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American International Group

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

American International Group Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Wells Fargo

(

WFC

) is up $0.82 (1.7%) to $48.87 on average volume. Thus far, 9.7 million shares of Wells Fargo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.15-$49.16 after having opened the day at $48.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.05.

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Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. Wells Fargo has a market cap of $247.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Wells Fargo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Wells Fargo

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Wells Fargo Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Bank of America Corporation

(

BAC

) is up $0.07 (0.6%) to $13.49 on light volume. Thus far, 49.2 million shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 144.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.46-$13.66 after having opened the day at $13.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.42.

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Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses, institutional investors, large corporations, and governments worldwide. Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $140.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 20.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Bank of America Corporation

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full

Bank of America Corporation 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

).