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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 67 points (0.4%) at 17,259 as of Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 12:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,331 issues advancing vs. 1,643 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 16.5%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 4.7%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 3.0%, Invesco ( IVZ), up 2.9% and Orix ( IX), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Bank of Montreal ( BMO), down 4.3%, Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS), down 1.8%, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), down 1.6%, KKR ( KKR), down 1.4% and Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY), down 1.5%.

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

3. Northern ( NTRS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Northern is up $1.07 (1.6%) to $65.91 on average volume. Thus far, 567,639 shares of Northern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.49-$65.91 after having opened the day at $64.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.84.

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Northern Trust Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides investment management, asset and fund administration, banking solutions, and fiduciary services for corporations, institutions, and affluent individuals worldwide. Northern has a market cap of $15.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Northern a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Northern Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, TD Ameritrade ( AMTD) is up $0.56 (1.7%) to $32.84 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of TD Ameritrade exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.33-$32.90 after having opened the day at $32.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.28.

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TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage services and related 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 services industry. Shares are down 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate TD Ameritrade a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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, growth in earnings per share and increase 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 TD Ameritrade Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Allstate ( ALL) is up $0.58 (0.8%) to $70.90 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.27-$70.94 after having opened the day at $70.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.32.

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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 $30.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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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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