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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 36 points (0.2%) at 17,520 as of Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,530 issues advancing vs. 1,416 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include American Tower ( AMT), up 2.0%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 1.6%, Invesco ( IVZ), up 1.3%, Capital One Financial ( COF), up 0.9% and Wells Fargo ( WFC), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 20.2%, Prudential Financial ( PRU), down 4.9%, Orix ( IX), down 3.1%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 2.2% and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 1.9%.

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

3. HDFC Bank ( HDB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank is up $0.37 (0.7%) to $53.30 on light volume. Thus far, 166,124 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 775,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.90-$53.47 after having opened the day at $52.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.93.

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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 $42.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 53.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. 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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2. As of noon trading, State Street ( STT) is up $0.55 (0.7%) to $77.77 on light volume. Thus far, 366,183 shares of State Street exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.01-$77.81 after having opened the day at $77.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.22.

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State Street Corporation provides various financial services and products to institutional investors worldwide. State Street has a market cap of $32.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate State Street a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates State Street as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins 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 State Street Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) is up $1.15 (0.6%) to $190.99 on light volume. Thus far, 686,779 shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $189.78-$191.21 after having opened the day at $190.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $189.84.

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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 $83.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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, solid stock price performance, 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 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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