3 Stocks Moving The Financial Services Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 17,039 as of Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 915 issues advancing vs. 2,069 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Orix ( IX), up 2.0%, CIT Group ( CIT), up 1.6%, MasterCard ( MA), up 1.2%, Bank of New York Mellon ( BK), up 0.9% and Goldman Sachs Group ( GS), up 0.8%. A company within the industry that fell today was Western Union ( WU), up 1.2%.

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

3. Discover Financial Services ( DFS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Discover Financial Services is up $0.41 (0.7%) to $63.09 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Discover Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.75-$63.57 after having opened the day at $62.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.68.

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, provides a range of financial products and services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. Discover Financial Services has a market cap of $29.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Discover Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discover Financial Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Discover Financial Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Blackstone Group ( BX) is up $0.38 (1.2%) to $33.18 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.96-$33.46 after having opened the day at $32.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.80.

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 $18.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Blackstone Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Capital One Financial ( COF) is up $0.71 (0.8%) to $84.72 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.34-$85.39 after having opened the day at $84.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.01.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $48.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Capital One Financial 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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