All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 90 points (-0.5%) at 16,426 as of Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,117 issues advancing vs. 1,828 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include

Blackstone Group

(

BX

), up 1.1%,

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), up 1.1% and

Orix

(

IX

), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

NorthStar Asset Management Group

(

NSAM

), down 5.6%,

OneMain Holdings

(

OMF

), down 5.3%,

Legg Mason

(

LM

), down 3.3%,

Navient

(

NAVI

), down 2.8% and

Raymond James Financial

(

RJF

), down 2.3%.

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

3.

SLM

(

SLM

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, SLM is up $0.18 (3.3%) to $5.80 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of SLM exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.67-$6.06 after having opened the day at $5.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.61.

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SLM Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a saving, planning, and paying for education company in the United States. The company offers private education loans to students and their families. SLM has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate SLM a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

SLM

as a

sell

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

SLM Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

KKR

(

KKR

) is up $0.27 (2.0%) to $13.81 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of KKR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.58-$14.00 after having opened the day at $13.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.54.

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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 $6.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate KKR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

KKR

as a

hold

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

KKR Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

BlackRock

(

BLK

) is up $2.82 (0.9%) to $316.40 on average volume. Thus far, 367,526 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 778,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $314.25-$318.43 after having opened the day at $315.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $313.59.

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BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $50.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

BlackRock

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

BlackRock 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

).