4 Stocks Pushing The Financial Services Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 1 points (-0.0%) at 13,971 as of Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,429 issues advancing vs. 1,408 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was Blackstone Group ( BX), up 2.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Morgan Stanley ( MS), up 1.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Apollo Global Management ( APO) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Apollo Global Management is up $0.57 (2.7%) to $21.79 on heavy volume Thus far, 413,826 shares of Apollo Global Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 425,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.25-$21.98 after having opened the day at $21.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.22.

Apollo Global Management, LLC is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to pension and endowment funds, institutional investors, individual investors, pooled investment vehicles, and corporations. Apollo Global Management has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Apollo Global Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Global Management as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins. Get the full Apollo Global Management Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Equifax ( EFX) is up $0.74 (1.4%) to $54.99 on average volume Thus far, 390,116 shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 841,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.19-$55.29 after having opened the day at $54.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.25.

Equifax Inc. collects, organizes, and manages various financial, demographic, employment, and marketing information solutions for businesses and consumers. The company's U.S. Equifax has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equifax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Equifax Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ) is up $0.50 (1.6%) to $31.10 on average volume Thus far, 594,316 shares of NASDAQ OMX Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.52-$31.11 after having opened the day at $30.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.60.

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. delivers trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, and public company services worldwide. NASDAQ OMX Group has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate NASDAQ OMX Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NASDAQ OMX Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full NASDAQ OMX Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, IntercontinentalExchange ( ICE) is up $1.92 (1.2%) to $157.44 on average volume Thus far, 755,828 shares of IntercontinentalExchange exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $154.85-$157.48 after having opened the day at $155.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.52.

IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. operates regulated exchanges, clearing houses, and over-the-counter (OTC) markets for agricultural, credit, currency, emissions, energy, and equity index contracts. IntercontinentalExchange has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate IntercontinentalExchange a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates IntercontinentalExchange as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full IntercontinentalExchange Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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