Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged. The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Genworth Financial ( GNW), up 3.2%, NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ), up 3.2%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 2.5%, Blackstone Group ( BX), up 2.3% and Regions Financial Corporation ( RF), up 2.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Zillow ( Z), down 5.5%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 2.9%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 1.9%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.7% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.5%. TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 5. American Express ( AXP) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, American Express is up $0.55 (0.6%) to $86.35 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.82-$86.49 after having opened the day at $86.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.80. American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $91.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 49.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 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. 3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.