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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 16,949 as of Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,589 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), down 6.4%, Orix ( IX), down 2.3%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.7%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 1.1% and American Tower ( AMT), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Zillow ( Z), up 2.2%, Invesco ( IVZ), up 1.4%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.3%, Lincoln National ( LNC), up 1.2% and Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. Nomura Holdings ( NMR) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Nomura Holdings is down $0.07 (-1.1%) to $6.16 on light volume. Thus far, 41,543 shares of Nomura Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 408,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.15-$6.19 after having opened the day at $6.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.23.

Nomura Holdings, Inc. provides various financial services to individuals, corporations, financial institutions, governments, and governmental agencies worldwide. The company operates through three divisions: Retail, Asset Management, and Wholesale. Nomura Holdings has a market cap of $22.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 19.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Nomura Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nomura Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Nomura Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Macro Bank ( BMA) is down $1.52 (-4.3%) to $33.98 on light volume. Thus far, 60,285 shares of Macro Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 318,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.90-$35.40 after having opened the day at $35.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.51.

Banco Macro S.A. provides various banking products and services to individuals, entrepreneurs, companies, and corporate customers in Argentina. Macro Bank has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 46.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Macro Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macro Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 Macro Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Grupo Financiero Galicia ( GGAL) is down $0.63 (-4.9%) to $12.35 on light volume. Thus far, 307,823 shares of Grupo Financiero Galicia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 932,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.32-$12.78 after having opened the day at $12.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.98.

Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A. operates as a financial services holding company in Argentina. The company operates through Banking, Regional Credit Cards, CFA Personal Loans, and Insurance segments. Grupo Financiero Galicia has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 25.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Grupo Financiero Galicia a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Grupo Financiero Galicia as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Grupo Financiero Galicia 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 sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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