All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 4 points (0.0%) at 16,773 as of Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,538 issues advancing vs. 1,434 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Equinix ( EQIX), up 3.9%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.8%, Bank of Nova Scotia ( BNS), up 1.6%, Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY), up 1.1% and Bank of Montreal ( BMO), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include MarketAxess Holdings ( MKTX), down 3.6%, E*Trade Financial ( ETFC), down 3.1%, TD Ameritrade ( AMTD), down 3.0%, Fidelity National Financial ( FNF), down 2.7% and Charles Schwab ( SCHW), down 2.5%.

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

3. Manulife Financial ( MFC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Manulife Financial is up $0.08 (0.5%) to $16.02 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Manulife Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.86-$16.13 after having opened the day at $15.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.94.

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Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection and wealth management products and services to individual, corporate, and business customers primarily in Asia, Canada, and the United States. Manulife Financial has a market cap of $30.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are down 16.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Manulife Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Manulife Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Manulife Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Credicorp ( BAP) is up $1.46 (1.3%) to $113.02 on light volume. Thus far, 137,501 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 414,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.81-$113.99 after having opened the day at $111.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.56.

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Credicorp Ltd., through its banking and non-banking subsidiaries, provides a range of financial, insurance, and health services and products primarily in Peru and internationally. It operates through four segments: Banking, Insurance, Pension Funds, and Investment Banking. Credicorp has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are down 30.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. 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 Credicorp Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CIT Group ( CIT) is up $0.96 (2.3%) to $42.26 on average volume. Thus far, 857,823 shares of CIT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.97-$42.58 after having opened the day at $41.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.29.

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CIT Group Inc. operates as the holding company for CIT bank that provides commercial financing and leasing products; and a suite of savings options in the United States. CIT Group has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are down 13.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate CIT Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CIT Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity 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 CIT Group 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).