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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 17,966 as of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,566 issues advancing vs. 1,391 declining with 190 unchanged.

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

Tile Shop Holdings

(

TTS

), up 15.4%,

Orix

(

IX

), up 4.7%,

Northern

(

NTRS

), up 2.4%,

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), up 1.1% and

MasterCard

(

MA

), up 0.7%.

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

3.

Equifax

(

EFX

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Equifax is up $0.81 (0.9%) to $94.15 on light volume. Thus far, 162,646 shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 611,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.46-$94.33 after having opened the day at $93.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.34.

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Equifax Inc. provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company's U.S. Equifax has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Equifax

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, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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

Equifax Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

American Express

(

AXP

) is up $0.44 (0.6%) to $77.67 on light volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.28-$77.78 after having opened the day at $77.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.23.

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American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S. American Express has a market cap of $78.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 17.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Express

as a

buy

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

American Express Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Visa

(

V

) is up $0.99 (1.5%) to $65.71 on light volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.99-$65.75 after having opened the day at $65.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.72.

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Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $126.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Visa

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income 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

Visa 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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