3 Financial Services Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 8 points (0.0%) at 18,060 as of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,739 issues advancing vs. 1,263 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Ares Capital Corporation ( ARCC), up 1.2%, Discover Financial Services ( DFS), up 1.2%, Capital One Financial ( COF), up 0.8%, American Express ( AXP), up 0.7% and Western Union ( WU), up 0.7%. A company within the industry that fell today was Orix ( IX), up 1.9%.

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

3. NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, NASDAQ OMX Group is up $0.34 (0.7%) to $50.84 on light volume. Thus far, 231,875 shares of NASDAQ OMX Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 972,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.30-$50.87 after having opened the day at $50.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.50.

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The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. provides trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, information, and public company services worldwide. It operates in four segments: Market Services, Listing Services, Information Services, and Technology Solutions. NASDAQ OMX Group has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate NASDAQ OMX Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, E*Trade Financial ( ETFC) is up $0.22 (0.8%) to $29.62 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of E*Trade Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.30-$29.64 after having opened the day at $29.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.39.

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E*TRADE Financial Corporation, a financial services company, provides brokerage and related products and services primarily to individual retail investors under the E*TRADE Financial brand name. It operates through two segments, Trading and Investing, and Balance Sheet Management. E*Trade Financial has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate E*Trade Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E*Trade Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full E*Trade Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ameriprise Financial ( AMP) is up $1.97 (1.6%) to $126.70 on average volume. Thus far, 973,710 shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.56-$126.88 after having opened the day at $124.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $124.73.

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Ameriprise Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services to individual and institutional clients in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $22.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ameriprise Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ameriprise Financial 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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