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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 13 points (-0.1%) at 18,099 as of Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,193 issues advancing vs. 1,740 declining with 211 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

Orix

(

IX

), up 1.4%, and

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

BlackRock

(

BLK

), down 2.0%, and

TD Ameritrade

(

AMTD

), down 0.7%.

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

3.

KKR

(

KKR

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, KKR is up $0.35 (1.5%) to $23.28 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of KKR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.96-$23.30 after having opened the day at $23.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.93.

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KKR & Co. L.P. is a private equity and real estate investment firm specializing in direct and fund of fund investments. It specializes in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, credit special situations, growth equity, mature, mezzanine, distressed, and middle market investments. KKR has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate KKR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

KKR

as a

buy

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

KKR Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Ameriprise Financial

(

AMP

) is up $2.31 (1.8%) to $131.23 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $129.37-$131.45 after having opened the day at $130.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $128.92.

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Ameriprise Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services to individual and institutional clients in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $23.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ameriprise Financial

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, 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

Ameriprise Financial Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Blackstone Group

(

BX

) is up $0.78 (1.9%) to $41.80 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.55-$42.25 after having opened the day at $42.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.02.

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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 $24.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 21.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Blackstone 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 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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