Today's Top Performers In Financial Services

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,897 as of Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,411 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include WisdomTree Investments ( WETF), up 4.0%, First Cash Financial Services ( FCFS), up 1.9%, Western Union Company ( WU), up 1.7%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 1.1% and Financial Engines ( FNGN), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include MarketAxess Holdings ( MKTX), down 1.1%, and Discover Financial Services ( DFS), down 0.8%.

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

5. E*Trade Financial ( ETFC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, E*Trade Financial is up $0.24 (1.3%) to $18.89 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of E*Trade Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.59-$19.16 after having opened the day at $18.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.65.

E*TRADE Financial Corporation, a financial services company, provides online brokerage and related products and services primarily to individual retail investors under the E*TRADE Financial brand in the United States. E*Trade Financial has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 108.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates E*Trade Financial a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E*Trade Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full E*Trade Financial Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) is up $0.20 (0.7%) to $29.37 on light volume. Thus far, 562,973 shares of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.20-$29.58 after having opened the day at $29.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.17.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage services and technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW) is up $0.45 (0.6%) to $80.26 on light volume. Thus far, 408,154 shares of T. Rowe Price Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.69-$80.79 after having opened the day at $79.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.81.

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 $20.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate T. Rowe Price Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. 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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2. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources ( BEN) is up $0.30 (0.6%) to $54.74 on light volume. Thus far, 479,627 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.59-$55.06 after having opened the day at $54.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.43.

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 $34.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Franklin Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Morgan Stanley ( MS) is up $0.18 (0.6%) to $30.70 on light volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.60-$30.92 after having opened the day at $30.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.52.

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $60.3 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 up 59.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Morgan Stanley 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).
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