3 Stocks Raising The Financial Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,756 as of Friday, June 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,558 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include CBOE Holdings ( CBOE), up 1.7%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 1.1%, CME Group ( CME), up 0.8% and Voya Financial ( VOYA), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Cash America International ( CSH), down 5.5%, Invesco ( IVZ), down 0.8%, Blackstone Group ( BX), down 0.8%, Franklin Resources ( BEN), down 0.8% and Capital One Financial ( COF), down 0.7%.

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

3. Financial Engines ( FNGN) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Financial Engines is up $1.15 (2.5%) to $47.30 on light volume. Thus far, 152,447 shares of Financial Engines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 581,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.68-$47.32 after having opened the day at $46.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.15.

Financial Engines, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides independent, technology-enabled portfolio management services, investment advice, and retirement income services to participants in employer-sponsored defined contribution plans in the United States. Financial Engines has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 33.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Financial Engines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Financial Engines as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Financial Engines Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, LPL Financial Holdings ( LPLA) is up $0.35 (0.7%) to $48.80 on light volume. Thus far, 126,374 shares of LPL Financial Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 810,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.51-$48.96 after having opened the day at $48.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.45.

LPL Financial Holdings Inc. provides an integrated platform of brokerage and investment advisory services to independent financial advisors and financial advisors at financial institutions in the United States. It operates through Independent Advisor Services and Institution Services segments. LPL Financial Holdings has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate LPL Financial Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LPL Financial Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full LPL Financial Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Western Union ( WU) is up $0.10 (0.6%) to $16.08 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Western Union exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.00-$16.11 after having opened the day at $16.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.98.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Western Union a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and deteriorating net income. Get the full Western Union 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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