Financial Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.1%) at 17,365 as of Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,608 issues advancing vs. 1,366 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include CBOE Holdings ( CBOE), up 3.0%, Navient ( NAVI), up 1.4% and MasterCard ( MA), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Fortress Investment Group ( FIG), down 3.4%, and Orix ( IX), down 1.3%.

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

3. TD Ameritrade ( AMTD) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, TD Ameritrade is up $0.79 (2.3%) to $34.53 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of TD Ameritrade exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.09-$34.54 after having opened the day at $34.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.74.

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TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage services and technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. TD Ameritrade has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate TD Ameritrade a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TD Ameritrade as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full TD Ameritrade Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CME Group ( CME) is up $0.49 (0.6%) to $84.30 on light volume. Thus far, 569,066 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.83-$84.84 after having opened the day at $84.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.81.

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CME Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates contract markets for the trading of futures and options on futures contracts worldwide. CME Group has a market cap of $27.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate CME Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CME Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels 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 CME Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is up $0.90 (1.0%) to $90.85 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.22-$90.94 after having opened the day at $90.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.95.

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American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S. American Express has a market cap of $91.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full American Express 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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