5 Financial Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 81 points (-0.5%) at 15,762 as of Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,157 issues advancing vs. 1,771 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Financial Engines ( FNGN), up 3.3%, WisdomTree Investments ( WETF), up 2.3%, CME Group ( CME), up 1.1%, Morgan Stanley ( MS), up 0.9% and Western Union Company ( WU), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Orix Corporation ( IX), down 0.9%, Visa ( V), down 0.9%, Blackstone Group ( BX), down 0.7% and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 0.6%.

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

5. CBOE Holdings ( CBOE) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, CBOE Holdings is up $1.03 (2.0%) to $51.76 on average volume. Thus far, 313,932 shares of CBOE Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 528,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.72-$52.29 after having opened the day at $50.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.73.

CBOE Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates markets for the trading of listed derivatives. CBOE Holdings has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 74.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate CBOE Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBOE Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels 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 CBOE Holdings Ratings Report now.

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