All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,547 as of Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,993 issues advancing vs. 1,000 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 3.0%, Orix ( IX), up 2.2%, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS), up 0.7%, MasterCard ( MA), up 0.6% and CME Group ( CME), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was CBOE Holdings ( CBOE), up 1.6%.

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

3. Affiliated Managers Group ( AMG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Affiliated Managers Group is up $1.82 (1.2%) to $154.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 341,659 shares of Affiliated Managers Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 443,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $153.58-$157.92 after having opened the day at $154.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.24.

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Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., through its affiliates, operates as an asset management company providing investment management services to mutual funds, institutional clients, and high net worth individuals in the United States. It provides advisory or subadvisory services to mutual funds. Affiliated Managers Group has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 28.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Affiliated Managers Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Affiliated Managers Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Affiliated Managers Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Western Union ( WU) is up $0.34 (1.9%) to $18.42 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Western Union exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.26-$18.48 after having opened the day at $18.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.08.

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The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Western Union a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share 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 Western Union Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Northern ( NTRS) is up $0.38 (0.5%) to $73.06 on light volume. Thus far, 439,196 shares of Northern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.64-$73.89 after having opened the day at $73.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.68.

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Northern Trust Corporation, a financial holding company, provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary, and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families, and individuals worldwide. Northern has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Northern a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Northern 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).