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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 41 points (-0.2%) at 18,075 as of Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,371 issues advancing vs. 1,586 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 4.9%, HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), up 3.4%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.2%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), up 0.8% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Grupo Financiero Galicia ( GGAL), down 4.2%, Macro Bank ( BMA), down 3.7%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 3.4%, Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), down 3.3% and CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 2.2%.

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

3. Aegon ( AEG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Aegon is up $0.07 (0.8%) to $8.31 on average volume. Thus far, 784,754 shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.26-$8.34 after having opened the day at $8.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.24.

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Aegon N.V. provides life insurance, pension, and asset management products and services. Aegon has a market cap of $20.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Aegon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aegon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth, 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 Aegon Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Manulife Financial ( MFC) is up $0.09 (0.5%) to $17.57 on light volume. Thus far, 688,953 shares of Manulife Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.35-$17.63 after having opened the day at $17.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.48.

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Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection and wealth management products and services to individual, corporate, and business customers primarily in Asia, Canada, and the United States. Manulife Financial has a market cap of $32.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Manulife Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Manulife Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Manulife Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Credicorp ( BAP) is up $1.38 (1.0%) to $139.55 on average volume. Thus far, 147,416 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 305,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $137.80-$139.80 after having opened the day at $137.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $138.17.

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Credicorp Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides financial and health services primarily in Peru, the Cayman Islands, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Panama. The company operates in four segments: Banking, Insurance, Pension Funds, and Investment Banking. Credicorp has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 13.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Credicorp 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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