3 Financial Services Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 104 points (-0.6%) at 17,824 as of Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 986 issues advancing vs. 2,035 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include MoneyGram International ( MGI), up 39.0%, Western Union ( WU), up 6.3% and Capital One Financial ( COF), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Apollo Investment ( AINV), down 3.6%, Prospect Capital Corporation ( PSEC), down 2.5%, Apollo Global Management ( APO), down 1.7%, Waddell & Reed Financial ( WDR), down 1.5% and Affiliated Managers Group ( AMG), down 1.2%.

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

3. HD Supply Holdings ( HDS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, HD Supply Holdings is up $0.30 (0.9%) to $32.68 on light volume. Thus far, 287,589 shares of HD Supply Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.13-$32.68 after having opened the day at $32.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.38.

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HD Supply Holdings, Inc. operates as an industrial distributor in North America. HD Supply Holdings has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate HD Supply Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HD Supply Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full HD Supply Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Voya Financial ( VOYA) is up $0.28 (0.7%) to $43.01 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Voya Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.56-$43.60 after having opened the day at $42.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.73.

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Voya Financial, Inc. operates as a retirement, investment, and insurance company in the United States. The company has five segments: Retirement, Annuities, Investment Management, Individual Life, and Employee Benefits. Voya Financial has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Voya Financial a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Voya Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. 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 Voya Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MasterCard ( MA) is up $0.48 (0.5%) to $91.26 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.41-$91.45 after having opened the day at $91.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.78.

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MasterCard Incorporated, a technology company, provides transaction processing and other payment-related products and services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard has a market cap of $101.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate MasterCard a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 MasterCard 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 services industry could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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