All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 56 points (0.3%) at 17,533 as of Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,658 issues advancing vs. 1,301 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Apollo Investment ( AINV), down 2.8%, Orix ( IX), down 1.2%, HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), down 1.0%, Discover Financial Services ( DFS), down 0.7% and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 0.6%.

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

3. Federated Investors ( FII) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Federated Investors is up $0.37 (1.1%) to $34.20 on average volume. Thus far, 202,494 shares of Federated Investors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 446,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.39-$34.23 after having opened the day at $33.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.83.

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Federated Investors, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Federated Investors has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Federated Investors a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Federated Investors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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 Federated Investors Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Capital ( ACAS) is up $0.24 (1.7%) to $14.47 on average volume. Thus far, 858,772 shares of American Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.14-$14.47 after having opened the day at $14.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.23.

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American Capital, Ltd. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in management and employee buyouts, subordinated debt, leveraged finance, mezzanine, acquisition, recapitalization, middle market, early venture, mature, industry consolidation, and growth capital investments. American Capital has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Capital a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full American Capital Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Springleaf Holdings ( LEAF) is up $0.38 (0.8%) to $46.64 on light volume. Thus far, 78,117 shares of Springleaf Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 545,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.58-$46.64 after having opened the day at $46.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.26.

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Springleaf Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers consumer finance and credit insurance products and services. It provides personal loans secured by consumer household goods, and other personal property; and unsecured loans. Springleaf Holdings has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 27.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Springleaf Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Springleaf Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Springleaf Holdings 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).