3 Financial Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 16,384 as of Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 999 issues advancing vs. 1,928 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Credit Acceptance Corporation ( CACC), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Eaton Vance Corporation ( EV), down 1.5%, Waddell & Reed Financial ( WDR), down 1.2%, NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ), down 0.9%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 0.9% and Legg Mason ( LM), down 0.8%.

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

3. Lazard ( LAZ) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Lazard is up $0.42 (0.9%) to $46.23 on average volume. Thus far, 284,731 shares of Lazard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 688,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.51-$46.49 after having opened the day at $45.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.81.

Lazard Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management firm. Lazard has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Lazard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lazard 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 shows low profit margins. Get the full Lazard Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Blackstone Group ( BX) is up $0.31 (0.9%) to $35.08 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.64-$35.30 after having opened the day at $34.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.77.

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 $19.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 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 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 Blackstone Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is up $0.14 (0.5%) to $27.14 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.81-$27.27 after having opened the day at $26.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.00.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $35.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Charles Schwab a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Charles Schwab 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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