One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 26 points (-0.2%) at 17,225 as of Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,758 issues advancing vs. 1,148 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Public Storage ( PSA), up 0.7%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.6% and Travelers Companies ( TRV), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 8.7%, Credit Acceptance ( CACC), down 6.0%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 3.0%, HCP ( HCP), down 1.8% and Ventas ( VTR), down 1.4%.

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

3. Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank is up $0.27 (0.7%) to $41.71 on light volume. Thus far, 491,345 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.31-$41.91 after having opened the day at $41.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.44.

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The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides various retail and commercial banking products and services in Canada, the United States, and internationally. The company operates through Canadian Retail, U.S. Retail, and Wholesale Banking segments. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $76.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Toronto-Dominion Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toronto-Dominion Bank as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Toronto-Dominion Bank Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Progressive ( PGR) is up $0.38 (1.1%) to $33.66 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Progressive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.11-$33.86 after having opened the day at $33.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.28.

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The Progressive Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal and commercial property-casualty insurance, and other specialty property-casualty insurance and related services primarily in the United States. Progressive has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Progressive a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Progressive as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Progressive Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is up $0.54 (0.9%) to $62.09 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.25-$62.33 after having opened the day at $61.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.55.

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Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. It operates through two segments, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. Aflac has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Aflac a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Aflac 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).