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%. 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%. 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%.

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

3.

State Street

(

STT

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, State Street is up $0.36 (0.6%) to $58.88 on light volume. Thus far, 989,152 shares of State Street exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.25-$59.21 after having opened the day at $58.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.52.

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State Street Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services to institutional investors worldwide. State Street has a market cap of $23.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate State Street a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

State Street

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

State Street Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Synchrony Financial

(

SYF

) is up $0.24 (0.9%) to $28.62 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Synchrony Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.08-$28.71 after having opened the day at $28.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.38.

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Synchrony Financial operates as a consumer financial services company in the United States. Synchrony Financial has a market cap of $23.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Synchrony Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Synchrony Financial

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Synchrony Financial Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

American Express

(

AXP

) is up $1.02 (1.7%) to $61.31 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.28-$61.32 after having opened the day at $60.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.29.

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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. It operates through four segments: U.S. American Express has a market cap of $58.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Express

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full

American Express 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

).