3 Stocks Raising The Financial Services Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 17,085 as of Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,160 issues advancing vs. 1,849 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Visa ( V), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), down 2.1%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.5%, Orix ( IX), down 1.4% and LPL Financial Holdings ( LPLA), down 1.3%.

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

3. BGC Partners ( BGCP) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, BGC Partners is up $0.31 (4.4%) to $7.47 on heavy volume. Thus far, 862,750 shares of BGC Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.25-$7.58 after having opened the day at $7.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.16.

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BGC Partners, Inc. operates as a brokerage company, primarily servicing the wholesale financial and commercial real estate markets. It operates through two segments, Financial Services and Real Estate Services. BGC Partners has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate BGC Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BGC Partners as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full BGC Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Total System Services ( TSS) is up $0.26 (0.8%) to $30.89 on light volume. Thus far, 258,767 shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 889,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.36-$31.06 after having opened the day at $30.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.63.

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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 $5.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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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1. As of noon trading, Navient ( NAVI) is up $0.10 (0.6%) to $17.75 on light volume. Thus far, 470,601 shares of Navient exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.61-$17.87 after having opened the day at $17.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.65.

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Navient Corporation provides financial products and services focusing on the education sector. The company's Consumer Lending segment originates, acquires, finances, and services private education loans. Navient has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Navient a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Navient as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Navient 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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