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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 9 points (0.0%) at 17,911 as of Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,394 issues advancing vs. 1,539 declining with 203 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Orix ( IX), up 2.5%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 1.5%, TD Ameritrade ( AMTD), up 1.0%, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD), up 0.8% and Bank of Montreal ( BMO), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include KB Financial Group ( KB), down 2.6%, UDR ( UDR), down 2.4%, Essex Property ( ESS), down 2.2%, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 2.1% and Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), down 2.1%.

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

3. Macerich ( MAC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Macerich is up $1.22 (1.6%) to $80.17 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.64-$80.35 after having opened the day at $78.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.95.

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The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich has a market cap of $12.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich 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, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Macerich Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is up $0.42 (0.5%) to $80.65 on light volume. Thus far, 486,121 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.75-$80.69 after having opened the day at $79.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.23.

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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 $36.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is up $0.74 (1.3%) to $56.20 on light volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.35-$56.20 after having opened the day at $55.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.45.

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American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. American International Group has a market cap of $74.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full American International 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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