All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 163 points (-1.0%) at 16,122 as of Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,041 issues advancing vs. 1,943 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Ares Capital Corporation ( ARCC), up 3.6%, Orix ( IX), up 3.6%, Credit Acceptance ( CACC), up 3.5%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 1.9% and HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include WisdomTree Investments ( WETF), down 6.2%, AmTrust Financial Services ( AFSI), down 3.8%, Hudson City Bancorp ( HCBK), down 3.6%, M&T Bank ( MTB), down 3.6% and Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), down 2.7%.

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

3. KB Financial Group ( KB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, KB Financial Group is up $0.24 (0.8%) to $29.63 on average volume. Thus far, 77,099 shares of KB Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 154,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.51-$29.78 after having opened the day at $29.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.39.

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KB Financial Group Inc., a financial holding company, provides various banking and related financial services to individuals and corporations in South Korea and internationally. KB Financial Group has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 23.7. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates KB Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KB Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full KB Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Icahn ( IEP) is up $0.98 (1.5%) to $68.00 on light volume. Thus far, 30,279 shares of Icahn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 107,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.00-$68.63 after having opened the day at $67.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.02.

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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 $8.4 billion and is part of the conglomerates industry. Shares are down 27.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 $0.49 (0.7%) to $72.45 on average volume. Thus far, 175,604 shares of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 367,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.35-$72.86 after having opened the day at $72.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.96.

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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 $27.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 23.7. Shares are down 16.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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).