3 Stocks Pushing The Financial Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 4 points (0.0%) at 16,511 as of Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,718 issues advancing vs. 1,280 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Orix ( IX), up 1.2%, and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 0.7%. A company within the industry that fell today was Visa ( V), up 0.7%.

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

3. Equifax ( EFX) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Equifax is up $1.53 (2.2%) to $69.98 on average volume. Thus far, 423,339 shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 690,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.34-$70.41 after having opened the day at $69.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.45.

Equifax Inc. provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company's U.S. Equifax has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equifax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Equifax Ratings Report now.

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