3 Financial Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 15,994 as of Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,823 issues advancing vs. 1,044 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Fortress Investment Group ( FIG), up 5.9%, Carlyle Group ( CG), up 2.1%, LPL Financial Holdings ( LPLA), up 1.6% and Oaktree Capital Group ( OAK), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CapitalSource ( CSE), down 1.8%, AllianceBernstein Holding L.P ( AB), down 1.6%, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group ( OZM), down 1.3%, Affiliated Managers Group ( AMG), down 1.3% and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Raymond James Financial ( RJF) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Raymond James Financial is up $0.45 (0.9%) to $50.88 on light volume. Thus far, 257,348 shares of Raymond James Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 770,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.00-$50.99 after having opened the day at $50.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.43.

Raymond James Financial, Inc., a financial holding company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the underwriting, distribution, trading, and brokerage of equity and debt securities, as well as the sale of mutual funds and other investment products in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Raymond James Financial has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Raymond James Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Raymond James Financial 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, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Raymond James Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equifax ( EFX) is up $0.50 (0.7%) to $71.88 on light volume. Thus far, 167,660 shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 557,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.58-$71.93 after having opened the day at $70.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.38.

Equifax Inc. collects, organizes, and manages various financial, demographic, employment, and marketing information solutions for businesses and consumers. The company's U.S. Equifax has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equifax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Equifax Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) is up $0.17 (0.5%) to $32.66 on light volume. Thus far, 728,834 shares of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.18-$32.72 after having opened the day at $32.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.49.

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 $17.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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