Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer. All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 18,094 as of Thursday, May 28, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 843 issues advancing vs. 2,162 declining with 143 unchanged. The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the industry that increased today was Sorrento Therapeutics ( SRNE), up 5.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 1.6%, Western Union ( WU), down 1.3%, Waddell & Reed Financial ( WDR), down 1.2%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 0.9% and Total System Services ( TSS), down 0.8%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today: 3. Ares Capital Corporation ( ARCC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ares Capital Corporation is up $0.13 (0.8%) to $16.67 on light volume. Thus far, 440,585 shares of Ares Capital Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.56-$16.71 after having opened the day at $16.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.54. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. Ares Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in acquisition, recapitalization, mezzanine debt, restructurings, rescue financing, and leveraged buyout transactions of middle market companies. It also makes growth capital and general refinancing. Ares Capital Corporation has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Ares Capital Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Ares Capital Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 Ares Capital Corporation Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.
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