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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 135 points (0.8%) at 17,576 as of Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,150 issues advancing vs. 862 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include

Ally Financial

(

ALLY

), up 4.4%,

Hartford Financial Services Group

(

HIG

), up 3.1%,

Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The

(

RBS

), up 2.0%,

Blackstone Group

(

BX

), up 1.9% and

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

(

CM

), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Essex Property

(

ESS

), down 1.2%, and

Capital One Financial

(

COF

), down 0.8%.

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

3.

MetLife

(

MET

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, MetLife is up $0.44 (0.8%) to $56.04 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.41-$56.36 after having opened the day at $56.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.60.

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MetLife, Inc. provides life insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management products in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $62.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

MetLife

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

MetLife Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Citigroup

(

C

) is up $0.29 (0.5%) to $58.25 on light volume. Thus far, 6.2 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.78-$58.50 after having opened the day at $58.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.96.

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Citigroup Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services for consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. Citigroup has a market cap of $178.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Citigroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Citigroup

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. 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

Citigroup Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Bank of America Corporation

(

BAC

) is up $0.12 (0.7%) to $17.80 on average volume. Thus far, 42.1 million shares of Bank of America Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 77.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.60-$17.86 after having opened the day at $17.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.67.

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Bank of America Corporation is a bank holding company. The company, through its subsidiaries, operates through Consumer and Business Banking; Consumer Real Estate Services; Global Wealth and Investment Management; Global Banking; Global Markets; and Other segments. Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $188.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Bank of America Corporation

as a

buy

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

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

).