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 11 points (0.1%) at 16,218 as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Orix Corporation ( IX), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Apollo Investment ( AINV), down 6.0%, Prospect Capital Corporation ( PSEC), down 2.7%, Western Union Company ( WU), down 1.5%, American Capital ( ACAS), down 1.4% and SLM ( SLM), down 1.3%.

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

3. NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, NASDAQ OMX Group is up $0.24 (0.6%) to $39.36 on light volume. Thus far, 378,639 shares of NASDAQ OMX Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.68-$39.40 after having opened the day at $38.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.12.

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. delivers trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, and public company services worldwide. NASDAQ OMX Group has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate NASDAQ OMX Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NASDAQ OMX Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full NASDAQ OMX Group Ratings Report now.

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