All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 57 points (-0.3%) at 17,673 as of Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,034 issues advancing vs. 1,899 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include

Blackstone Group

(

BX

), up 0.6%, and

State Street

(

STT

), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

WisdomTree Investments

(

WETF

), down 8.2%,

Principal Financial Group

(

PFG

), down 3.8%,

Credit Acceptance

(

CACC

), down 3.4%,

NorthStar Asset Management Group

(

NSAM

), down 2.5% and

CBOE Holdings

(

CBOE

), down 1.4%.

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

3.

Lazard

(

LAZ

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Lazard is up $0.55 (1.2%) to $45.95 on light volume. Thus far, 147,502 shares of Lazard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 934,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.46-$46.06 after having opened the day at $45.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.40.

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Lazard Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management firm. Lazard has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Lazard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Lazard

TheStreet Recommends

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Lazard Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

American Capital

(

ACAS

) is up $0.20 (1.3%) to $15.44 on light volume. Thus far, 730,934 shares of American Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.29-$15.45 after having opened the day at $15.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.24.

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American Capital, Ltd. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in management and employee buyouts, subordinated debt, leveraged finance, mezzanine, acquisition, recapitalization, middle market, early venture, mature, industry consolidation, and growth capital investments. American Capital has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate American Capital a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Capital

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

American Capital Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Total System Services

(

TSS

) is up $0.30 (0.5%) to $56.28 on light volume. Thus far, 318,821 shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.63-$56.42 after having opened the day at $55.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.98.

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Total System Services, Inc. provides electronic payment processing services to banks and other financial institutions in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and internationally. Total System Services has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 64.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Total System Services

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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

Total System Services 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

).