3 Stocks Raising The Financial Services Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 16,367 as of Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,229 issues advancing vs. 1,681 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Credit Acceptance Corporation ( CACC), up 3.1%, Apollo Global Management ( APO), up 2.4%, Lazard ( LAZ), up 0.8% and Western Union Company ( WU), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Visa ( V), down 1.0%, and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.0%.

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

3. Capital One Financial ( COF) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Capital One Financial is up $0.62 (0.8%) to $74.29 on light volume. Thus far, 591,913 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.31-$74.33 after having opened the day at $73.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.67.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $41.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Capital One Financial Ratings Report now.

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