5 Stocks Raising 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 36 points (0.3%) at 14,562 as of Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,256 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Western Union Company ( WU), up 0.8%, Affiliated Managers Group ( AMG), up 0.7% and TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Orix Corporation ( IX), down 1.4%, and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Ameriprise Financial ( AMP) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ameriprise Financial is up $0.46 (0.6%) to $73.52 on average volume Thus far, 765,847 shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.85-$73.82 after having opened the day at $72.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.05.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ameriprise Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, 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 Ameriprise Financial Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW) is up $0.52 (0.7%) to $74.67 on light volume Thus far, 322,062 shares of T. Rowe Price Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.03-$75.08 after having opened the day at $74.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.15.

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm primarily provides its services to individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. T. Rowe Price Group has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate T. Rowe Price Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates T. Rowe Price Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full T. Rowe Price Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, NYSE Euronext ( NYX) is up $0.27 (0.7%) to $38.45 on light volume Thus far, 313,005 shares of NYSE Euronext exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.95-$38.50 after having opened the day at $38.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.18.

NYSE Euronext, through its subsidiaries, operates securities exchanges. It operates various stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE MKT LLC in the United States; and European based exchanges comprising Euronext N.V. NYSE Euronext has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate NYSE Euronext a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is up $0.14 (0.8%) to $17.64 on light volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.48-$17.74 after having opened the day at $17.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.50.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services to individuals and institutional clients. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Institutional Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $22.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, 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 Charles Schwab Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, IntercontinentalExchange ( ICE) is up $1.84 (1.2%) to $161.65 on light volume Thus far, 227,015 shares of IntercontinentalExchange exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.65-$161.90 after having opened the day at $159.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.81.

IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. operates regulated global markets and clearing houses primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Brazil. IntercontinentalExchange has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate IntercontinentalExchange a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full IntercontinentalExchange Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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