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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 2 points (0.0%) at 17,750 as of Thursday, July 30, 2015, 1:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,461 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 187 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Credit Acceptance ( CACC), up 7.7%, Orix ( IX), up 5.8%, Mid-America Apartment Communities ( MAA), up 4.0%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.8% and Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 3.6%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 3.2%, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), down 3.4%, Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), down 3.6% and Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 2.5%.

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

3. Discover Financial Services ( DFS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Discover Financial Services is up $0.60 (1.1%) to $56.00 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Discover Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.31-$56.20 after having opened the day at $55.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.40.

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Discover Financial Services operates as a direct banking and payment services company in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. Discover Financial Services has a market cap of $24.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Discover Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discover Financial Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Discover Financial Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is up $0.26 (0.8%) to $35.08 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.73-$35.17 after having opened the day at $34.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.82.

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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 $45.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is up $0.36 (0.5%) to $76.06 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.64-$76.19 after having opened the day at $75.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.70.

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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 $76.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 18.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate American Express a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 reasonable 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 sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).