All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 84 points (-0.5%) at 16,349 as of Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,029 issues advancing vs. 1,908 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the sector that increased today was CIM Commercial ( CMCT), up 8.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 8.0%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 2.2%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 2.2%, ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 2.2% and Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 2.0%.

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

3. Bank of Montreal ( BMO) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Bank of Montreal is up $0.30 (0.6%) to $52.28 on average volume. Thus far, 346,170 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 895,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.95-$52.52 after having opened the day at $52.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.98.

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Bank of Montreal offers various banking products and services in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $33.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are down 26.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Bank of Montreal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, M&T Bank ( MTB) is up $1.06 (0.9%) to $122.09 on light volume. Thus far, 247,880 shares of M&T Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 682,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $120.26-$122.30 after having opened the day at $120.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.03.

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M&T Bank Corporation, a bank holding company, provides commercial and retail banking services. The company's Business Banking segment offers deposit, lending, cash management, and other financial services to small businesses and professionals. M&T Bank has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate M&T Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates M&T Bank 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, expanding profit margins and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full M&T Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Regions Financial ( RF) is up $0.16 (1.6%) to $9.66 on average volume. Thus far, 9.2 million shares of Regions Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.44-$9.70 after having opened the day at $9.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.51.

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Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. Regions Financial has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Regions Financial a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Regions Financial 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).