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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 55 points (0.3%) at 18,183 as of Monday, March 23, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,001 issues advancing vs. 987 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 6.0%, Genworth Financial ( GNW), up 5.5%, Western Union ( WU), up 3.4%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.6% and Orix ( IX), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 1.1%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 0.9%, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM), down 0.8%, Blackstone Group ( BX), down 0.8% and CME Group ( CME), down 0.7%.

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 $0.67 (0.9%) to $72.13 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.80-$72.33 after having opened the day at $71.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.46.

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The Allstate Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the property-liability insurance and life insurance businesses in the United States and Canada. Allstate has a market cap of $29.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Allstate a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Allstate 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, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. 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, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.41 (0.5%) to $79.54 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.76-$80.35 after having opened the day at $78.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.13.

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Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $25.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Health Care REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. 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, revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is up $1.59 (0.8%) to $198.93 on average volume. Thus far, 874,132 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $195.83-$199.09 after having opened the day at $197.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $197.34.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, management, and development of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $60.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Simon Property 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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