All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 24 points (0.1%) at 17,741 as of Thursday, March 31, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,790 issues advancing vs. 1,130 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil

(

BSBR

), down 3.5%,

CIT Group

(

CIT

), down 3.2%,

Ameriprise Financial

(

AMP

), down 1.3%,

ORIX

(

IX

), down 1.0% and

SunTrust Banks

(

STI

), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include

Santander Consumer USA Holdings

(

SC

), up 12.1%,

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group

(

OZM

), up 9.6%,

AllianceBernstein

(

AB

), up 5.3%,

OneMain Holdings

(

OMF

), up 3.5% and

CoStar Group

(

CSGP

), up 2.1%.

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

3.

ING Groep

(

ING

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, ING Groep is down $0.31 (-2.5%) to $11.95 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of ING Groep exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.94-$12.18 after having opened the day at $12.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.26.

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ING Groep N.V., a financial institution, provides various banking products and services to individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises, and mid-corporates. It operates through Retail Netherlands, Retail Belgium, Retail Germany, Retail Other, and Wholesale Banking segments. ING Groep has a market cap of $47.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates ING Groep a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ING Groep

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

ING Groep Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

UBS Group

(

UBS

) is down $0.22 (-1.4%) to $16.12 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of UBS Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.04-$16.19 after having opened the day at $16.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.34.

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UBS Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial advice and solutions to private, institutional, and corporate clients worldwide. The company's Wealth Management division provides financial services to wealthy private clients. UBS Group has a market cap of $61.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates UBS Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

UBS Group

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

UBS Group Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Brookfield Asset Management

(

BAM

) is down $0.18 (-0.5%) to $34.73 on light volume. Thus far, 369,762 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.70-$35.33 after having opened the day at $35.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.91.

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $32.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Brookfield Asset Management

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full

Brookfield Asset Management 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

).