3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Financial Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 18,298 as of Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,736 issues advancing vs. 1,249 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), up 1.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Invesco ( IVZ), up 0.6%.

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

3. Leucadia National ( LUK) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Leucadia National is up $0.19 (0.8%) to $25.02 on light volume. Thus far, 421,829 shares of Leucadia National exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.77-$25.09 after having opened the day at $24.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.83.

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Leucadia National Corporation, through its subsidiary, Jefferies Group LLC, primarily operates in the investment banking and capital markets sector. Leucadia National has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Leucadia National as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Leucadia National Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Navient ( NAVI) is up $0.13 (0.7%) to $19.47 on light volume. Thus far, 659,247 shares of Navient exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.35-$19.60 after having opened the day at $19.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.34.

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Navient Corporation provides financial products and services in the United States. The company operates in four segments: FFELP Loans, Private Education Loans, Business Services, and Other. Navient has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Navient a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Navient as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Navient Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ) is up $0.38 (0.7%) to $52.21 on light volume. Thus far, 314,687 shares of NASDAQ OMX Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 952,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.65-$52.24 after having opened the day at $51.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.83.

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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 $8.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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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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