Today's Top Performers In Financial

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 76 points (-0.4%) at 18,051 as of Friday, May 29, 2015, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,058 issues advancing vs. 1,892 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Macerich ( MAC), up 1.5%, KB Financial Group ( KB), up 1.1% and Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), down 2.8%, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD), down 1.9%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.8%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.7% and Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC), down 1.4%.

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

3. Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Bank of Nova Scotia is up $0.57 (1.1%) to $52.53 on heavy volume. Thus far, 648,438 shares of Bank of Nova Scotia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 780,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.69-$52.60 after having opened the day at $51.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.96.

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The Bank of Nova Scotia provides various personal, commercial, corporate, and investment banking services in Canada and internationally. Bank of Nova Scotia has a market cap of $62.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Bank of Nova Scotia a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Nova Scotia as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Bank of Nova Scotia Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank ( HDB) is up $0.47 (0.8%) to $59.69 on light volume. Thus far, 264,403 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 896,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.34-$59.80 after having opened the day at $59.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.22.

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HDFC Bank Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses in India, as well as in Bahrain and Hong Kong. The company operates in four segments: Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, Treasury, and Other Banking Operations. HDFC Bank has a market cap of $47.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 16.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HDFC Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. 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 HDFC Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, XL Group ( XL) is up $0.32 (0.8%) to $37.94 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of XL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.55-$38.02 after having opened the day at $37.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.62.

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XL GROUP Public Limited Company, an insurance and reinsurance company, provides property, casualty, and specialty products to industrial, commercial, and professional firms; and insurance companies and other enterprises worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance. XL Group has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate XL Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates XL Group as a buy. 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. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full XL 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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