Today's Top Performers In Financial Services

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 15,776 as of Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,409 issues advancing vs. 1,532 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include LPL Financial Holdings ( LPLA), up 2.7%, KKR ( KKR), up 2.6%, Apollo Global Management ( APO), up 1.7% and CBOE Holdings ( CBOE), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CIT Group ( CIT), down 0.9%, and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 0.7%.

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 $0.29 (1.4%) to $20.56 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of E*Trade Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.20-$20.76 after having opened the day at $20.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.27.

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 $5.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that revenues have generally been declining. Get the full E*Trade Financial Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Invesco ( IVZ) is up $1.36 (4.1%) to $34.24 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.41-$34.29 after having opened the day at $33.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.88.

Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. It primarily provides its services to institutional clients including major public entities, corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, endowments, foundations, pension funds, and financial institutions. Invesco has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Invesco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources ( BEN) is up $0.80 (1.5%) to $52.95 on average volume. Thus far, 859,589 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 $52.06-$53.01 after having opened the day at $52.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.15.

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 $32.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, 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 Franklin Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Blackstone Group ( BX) is up $0.20 (0.6%) to $31.54 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.40-$31.78 after having opened the day at $31.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.34.

The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Blackstone Group has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Blackstone Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Blackstone Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Blackstone Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is up $1.31 (1.5%) to $88.31 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.50-$88.96 after having opened the day at $87.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.00.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $91.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. 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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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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