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 4 points (0.0%) at 17,970 as of Thursday, June 25, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,139 issues advancing vs. 1,826 declining with 188 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include World Acceptance ( WRLD), down 18.8%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), down 3.8%, AllianceBernstein Holding L.P ( AB), down 2.4%, Springleaf Holdings ( LEAF), down 1.6% and Navient ( NAVI), down 1.1%.

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 (0.9%) to $50.17 on light volume. Thus far, 294,711 shares of NASDAQ OMX Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 927,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.82-$50.34 after having opened the day at $49.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.74.

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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 5.4% 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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