3 Financial Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 41 points (0.2%) at 17,110 as of Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,666 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Orix ( IX), down 1.8%, and KKR ( KKR), down 0.8%.

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

3. Total System Services ( TSS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Total System Services is up $0.24 (0.8%) to $31.42 on light volume. Thus far, 346,705 shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 949,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.05-$31.43 after having opened the day at $31.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.18.

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Total System Services, Inc. provides electronic payment processing services to banks and other financial institutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: North America Services, Merchant Services, International Services, and NetSpend. Total System Services has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total System Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, compelling growth in net income, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Total System Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equifax ( EFX) is up $0.57 (0.7%) to $79.50 on light volume. Thus far, 93,066 shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 435,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.83-$79.56 after having opened the day at $78.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.93.

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Equifax Inc. provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company's U.S. Equifax has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equifax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. 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 Equifax Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Invesco ( IVZ) is up $0.34 (0.8%) to $40.99 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.47-$41.02 after having opened the day at $40.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.65.

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Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. It primarily provides its services to institutional clients including major public entities, corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, endowments, foundations, pension funds, and financial institutions. Invesco has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Invesco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Invesco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Invesco 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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