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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 67 points (-0.4%) at 17,031 as of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,211 issues advancing vs. 1,801 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 2.7%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 2.5%, Banco De Chile ( BCH), up 1.7%, Discover Financial Services ( DFS), up 1.6% and Orix ( IX), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 3.8%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 2.3%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.5% and BlackRock ( BLK), down 0.7%.

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

3. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is up $0.05 (0.9%) to $5.82 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.81-$5.86 after having opened the day at $5.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.77.

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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has a market cap of $81.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank ( HDB) is up $0.86 (1.7%) to $50.55 on average volume. Thus far, 487,955 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 816,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.99-$50.56 after having opened the day at $50.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.69.

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HDFC Bank Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses in India, as well as in Bahrain and Hong Kong. The company operates in four segments: Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, Treasury, and Other Banking Operations. HDFC Bank has a market cap of $39.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 44.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HDFC Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full HDFC Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is up $0.38 (0.7%) to $55.12 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.86-$55.62 after having opened the day at $54.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.74.

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MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $61.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full MetLife 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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