Today's Top Performers In Financial Services

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 91 points (0.6%) at 16,492 as of Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,744 issues advancing vs. 1,239 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include American Capital ( ACAS), up 3.8%, Legg Mason ( LM), up 2.6%, Franklin Resources ( BEN), up 2.6%, CME Group ( CME), up 2.4% and NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ), up 1.8%. A company within the industry that fell today was Orix ( IX), up 1.1%.

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

3. American Express ( AXP) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Express is up $1.32 (1.5%) to $87.52 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.11-$87.64 after having opened the day at $86.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.20.

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 $92.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. 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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2. As of noon trading, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) is up $1.11 (0.7%) to $155.65 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $153.71-$156.31 after having opened the day at $155.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.54.

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 $70.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 12.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is up $2.80 (1.4%) to $208.16 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $204.44-$209.00 after having opened the day at $207.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $205.36.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $103.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 22 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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 Visa 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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