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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.3%) at 17,380 as of Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,141 issues advancing vs. 842 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include SunTrust Banks ( STI), up 3.3%, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), up 2.0%, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), up 1.5%, CNA Financial ( CNA), up 1.5% and HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 10.3%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 4.7%, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), down 2.1%, CME Group ( CME), down 1.6% and Goldman Sachs Group ( GS), down 1.4%.

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

3. Allstate ( ALL) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Allstate is up $1.04 (1.5%) to $70.27 on average volume. Thus far, 910,748 shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.50-$70.46 after having opened the day at $69.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.23.

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The Allstate Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and retirement and investment products primarily in the United States. Allstate has a market cap of $29.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Allstate a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Allstate as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Allstate Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is up $1.13 (1.1%) to $105.34 on light volume. Thus far, 735,870 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.17-$105.89 after having opened the day at $104.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.21.

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The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the United States. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $34.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Travelers Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Travelers Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is up $0.26 (0.3%) to $80.04 on light volume. Thus far, 783,585 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.18-$80.49 after having opened the day at $79.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.78.

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Prudential Financial, Inc. provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $37.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Prudential 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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