3 Financial Services Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 68 points (-0.4%) at 17,105 as of Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,162 issues advancing vs. 1,797 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Evercore Partners ( EVR), down 2.5%, Western Union ( WU), down 1.3% and Total System Services ( TSS), down 0.8%.

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

3. CIT Group ( CIT) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, CIT Group is up $0.26 (0.6%) to $46.72 on average volume. Thus far, 790,759 shares of CIT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.25-$46.83 after having opened the day at $46.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.46.

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CIT Group Inc. operates as the holding company for CIT bank that provides commercial financing and leasing products; and a suite of savings options in the United States. CIT Group has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate CIT Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CIT Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full CIT Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Morgan Stanley ( MS) is up $0.20 (0.6%) to $35.38 on average volume. Thus far, 5.4 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.18-$35.56 after having opened the day at $35.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.18.

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Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $70.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Morgan Stanley a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Morgan Stanley Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) is up $1.32 (0.7%) to $186.61 on light volume. Thus far, 875,947 shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $184.57-$186.86 after having opened the day at $184.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $185.29.

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The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $82.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Goldman Sachs Group 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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