Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 33 points (-0.2%) at 16,622 as of Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,877 issues advancing vs. 1,144 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include BanColombia ( CIB), up 3.4%, KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.2%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 1.4%, Equinix ( EQIX), up 0.9% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), down 3.3%, ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 1.7%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), down 1.6%, XL Group ( XL), down 1.5% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 1.4%.

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

3. Nomura Holdings ( NMR) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Nomura Holdings is up $0.12 (1.9%) to $6.46 on average volume. Thus far, 290,346 shares of Nomura Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 568,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.37-$6.47 after having opened the day at $6.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.34.

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Nomura Holdings, Inc. provides various financial services to individuals, corporations, financial institutions, governments, and governmental agencies worldwide. It operates through three segments: Retail, Asset Management, and Wholesale. Nomura Holdings has a market cap of $22.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 70.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.8. Shares are up 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Nomura Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nomura Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that revenues have generally been declining. Get the full Nomura Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Icahn ( IEP) is up $1.64 (2.3%) to $74.00 on average volume. Thus far, 52,603 shares of Icahn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 99,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.33-$74.32 after having opened the day at $73.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.36.

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Icahn Enterprises L.P., through its subsidiaries, operates in investment, automotive, energy, metals, railcar, gaming, food packaging, real estate, and home fashion businesses in the United States, Germany, and Internationally. Its Investment segment operates various private investment funds. Icahn has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the conglomerates industry. Shares are down 21.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Icahn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Icahn as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Icahn Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM) is up $0.41 (0.6%) to $72.71 on heavy volume. Thus far, 340,775 shares of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 366,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.52-$72.73 after having opened the day at $71.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.30.

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Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, a diversified financial institution, provides various financial products and services to individuals and small businesses, and commercial, corporate, and institutional clients in Canada and internationally. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has a market cap of $27.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.8. Shares are down 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce 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).