Today's Top Performers In Financial Services

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 16,517 as of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,859 issues advancing vs. 1,154 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Fortress Investment Group ( FIG), up 6.0%, BGC Partners ( BGCP), up 5.8%, Waddell & Reed Financial ( WDR), up 2.4%, E*Trade Financial ( ETFC), up 2.0% and Equifax ( EFX), up 2.0%.

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

3. Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab is up $0.20 (0.7%) to $27.53 on light volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.42-$27.72 after having opened the day at $27.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.33.

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 $35.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Charles Schwab Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is up $0.76 (0.8%) to $90.79 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.21-$91.02 after having opened the day at $90.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.03.

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S. American Express has a market cap of $95.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full American Express Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) is up $1.73 (1.1%) to $165.58 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $164.22-$166.29 after having opened the day at $164.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $163.85.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $73.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Goldman Sachs Group 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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