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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 61 points (-0.3%) at 17,367 as of Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,250 issues advancing vs. 1,743 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Bank of America Corporation ( BAC), down 3.4%, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM), down 2.6%, Manulife Financial ( MFC), down 1.3%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), down 1.1% and Wells Fargo ( WFC), down 1.1%.

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

3. Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lloyds Banking Group is up $0.06 (1.4%) to $4.48 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.42-$4.48 after having opened the day at $4.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.42.

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Lloyds Banking Group plc provides a range of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses in the United Kingdom and internationally. It operates through four segments: Retail; Commercial Banking; Wealth, Asset Finance, and International; and Insurance. Lloyds Banking Group has a market cap of $78.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Lloyds Banking Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lloyds Banking Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank ( HDB) is up $3.10 (6.0%) to $54.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 986,207 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 817,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.81-$55.10 after having opened the day at $52.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.60.

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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 $41.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 1.7% 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 robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. 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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1. As of noon trading, Capital One Financial ( COF) is up $0.98 (1.3%) to $77.73 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.71-$78.38 after having opened the day at $77.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.75.

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Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $43.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Capital One Financial 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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