3 Stocks Boosting The Financial Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 72 points (0.4%) at 16,112 as of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,810 issues advancing vs. 1,095 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Credit Acceptance Corporation ( CACC), up 2.2%, Morgan Stanley ( MS), up 1.0%, CIT Group ( CIT), up 0.7% and Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 1.7%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.3%, CBOE Holdings ( CBOE), down 1.2%, CME Group ( CME), down 0.9% and American Express ( AXP), down 0.6%.

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

3. American Capital ( ACAS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Capital is up $0.18 (1.2%) to $15.52 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of American Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.27-$15.58 after having opened the day at $15.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.34.

American Capital, Ltd. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in management and employee buyouts, leveraged finance, mezzanine, acquisition, recapitalization, middle market, and growth capital investments. American Capital has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate American Capital a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full American Capital Ratings Report now.

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