3 Stocks Pushing The Financial Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. A company within the industry that increased today was Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Orix Corporation ( IX), down 1.2%, CIT Group ( CIT), down 0.9% and Invesco ( IVZ), down 0.6%.

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

3. AllianceBernstein Holding L.P ( AB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, AllianceBernstein Holding L.P is up $0.81 (4.7%) to $17.89 on heavy volume Thus far, 415,096 shares of AllianceBernstein Holding L.P exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 346,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.09-$17.95 after having opened the day at $17.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.08.

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. provides investment management and related services in the United States and internationally. AllianceBernstein Holding L.P has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -10.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate AllianceBernstein Holding L.P a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AllianceBernstein Holding L.P as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full AllianceBernstein Holding L.P Ratings Report now.

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