3 Financial Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 45 points (-0.3%) at 17,859 as of Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,059 issues advancing vs. 1,922 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Navient ( NAVI), down 3.1%, Orix ( IX), down 1.6%, Leucadia National ( LUK), down 1.4%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 0.6% and Western Union ( WU), down 0.6%.

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 $0.43 (0.8%) to $51.02 on average volume. Thus far, 405,243 shares of NASDAQ OMX Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 960,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.51-$51.06 after having opened the day at $50.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.59.

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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 $8.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.0% 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, Voya Financial ( VOYA) is up $0.24 (0.5%) to $47.38 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Voya Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.03-$47.50 after having opened the day at $47.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.14.

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Voya Financial, Inc. operates as a retirement, investment, and insurance company in the United States. The company has five segments: Retirement, Annuities, Investment Management, Individual Life, and Employee Benefits. Voya Financial has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Voya Financial a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Voya Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity 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 Voya Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is up $0.99 (1.2%) to $80.35 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.46-$80.47 after having opened the day at $79.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.36.

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American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S. American Express has a market cap of $80.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Express 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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