4 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Financial Services Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 93 points (0.6%) at 15,285 as of Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,438 issues advancing vs. 1,461 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Morgan Stanley ( MS), up 0.9%, and Visa ( V), up 0.7%.

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

4. Franklin Resources ( BEN) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources is up $0.32 (0.7%) to $48.08 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.74-$48.20 after having opened the day at $47.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.76.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $29.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franklin Resources 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 solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Franklin Resources Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Discover Financial Services ( DFS) is up $0.30 (0.6%) to $50.44 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Discover Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.58-$50.45 after having opened the day at $50.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.14.

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, provides direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. Discover Financial Services has a market cap of $23.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 30.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Discover Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discover Financial Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Discover Financial Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is up $0.43 (0.6%) to $75.03 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.40-$75.22 after having opened the day at $74.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.60.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $79.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 29.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full American Express Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is up $10.66 (1.6%) to $662.16 on average volume. Thus far, 369,304 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 698,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $644.78-$662.39 after having opened the day at $651.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $651.50.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $74.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 32.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full MasterCard Incorporated 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).

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