3 Stocks Driving The Financial Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 104 points (0.6%) at 17,895 as of Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,771 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Credit Acceptance ( CACC), up 2.1%, Eaton Vance ( EV), up 1.6%, Total System Services ( TSS), up 1.6%, Springleaf Holdings ( LEAF), up 1.3% and LPL Financial Holdings ( LPLA), up 1.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 1.5%.

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

3. T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, T. Rowe Price Group is up $0.67 (0.9%) to $78.70 on light volume. Thus far, 496,493 shares of T. Rowe Price Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.65-$78.72 after having opened the day at $77.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.03.

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T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutional investors, retirement plans, financial intermediaries, and institutions. It invests in the public equity and fixed income markets across the globe. T. Rowe Price Group has a market cap of $20.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate T. Rowe Price Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates T. Rowe Price Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full T. Rowe Price Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, BlackRock ( BLK) is up $1.84 (0.5%) to $357.12 on light volume. Thus far, 161,848 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 496,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $353.84-$357.86 after having opened the day at $353.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $355.28.

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BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $58.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BlackRock as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full BlackRock Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) is up $1.47 (0.7%) to $213.23 on light volume. Thus far, 914,017 shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $211.13-$213.50 after having opened the day at $211.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $211.76.

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The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. operates as an investment banking, securities, and investment management company worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending, and Investment Management. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $92.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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 Goldman Sachs 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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