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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 35 points (0.2%) at 18,122 as of Monday, July 20, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,082 issues advancing vs. 1,923 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Visa ( V), up 2.7%, KeyCorp ( KEY), up 1.6%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 1.1%, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), up 0.8% and Aegon ( AEG), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 6.0%, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), down 1.5%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.0%, Bank of Montreal ( BMO), down 0.8% and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), down 0.7%.

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

3. Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab is up $0.34 (1.0%) to $35.14 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.87-$35.22 after having opened the day at $34.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.79.

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The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $45.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Charles Schwab a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Charles Schwab Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MasterCard ( MA) is up $1.11 (1.2%) to $97.19 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.41-$97.76 after having opened the day at $96.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.08.

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MasterCard Incorporated, a technology company, provides transaction processing and other payment-related products and services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard has a market cap of $106.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate MasterCard a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full MasterCard Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.B) is up $0.73 (0.5%) to $144.61 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $143.71-$144.64 after having opened the day at $143.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $143.88.

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Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. Through its subsidiaries, the firm primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway has a market cap of $176.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Berkshire Hathaway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Berkshire Hathaway 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).