3 Stocks Pushing The Financial Services Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 5 points (0.0%) at 17,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, 12:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,661 issues advancing vs. 1,320 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was KKR ( KKR), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Eaton Vance ( EV), down 2.4%, Franklin Resources ( BEN), down 0.7%, Discover Financial Services ( DFS), down 0.5% and Legg Mason ( LM), down 0.5%.

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

3. Apollo Global Management ( APO) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Apollo Global Management is up $0.35 (1.4%) to $25.02 on average volume. Thus far, 527,211 shares of Apollo Global Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.55-$25.10 after having opened the day at $24.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.67.

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Apollo Global Management, LLC is a publicly owned investment manager. It primarily provides its services to endowment and sovereign wealth funds, as well as other institutional and individual investors. The firm manages client focused portfolios. Apollo Global Management has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 22.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Apollo Global Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Global Management as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Apollo Global Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, WisdomTree Investments ( WETF) is up $0.34 (2.2%) to $15.58 on light volume. Thus far, 267,595 shares of WisdomTree Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.15-$15.60 after having opened the day at $15.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.24.

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WisdomTree Investments, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an exchange-traded funds (ETFs) sponsor and asset manager. It offers ETFs in equities, currency, fixed income, and alternatives asset classes. WisdomTree Investments has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate WisdomTree Investments a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WisdomTree Investments as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full WisdomTree Investments Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Blackstone Group ( BX) is up $0.18 (0.5%) to $33.56 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.23-$33.72 after having opened the day at $33.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.38.

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The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Blackstone Group has a market cap of $19.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Blackstone Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Blackstone Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Blackstone 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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