One out of the three major indices are trading lower 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 Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Legg Mason ( LM), up 3.2%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 2.9%, AllianceBernstein ( AB), up 2.5%, Waddell & Reed Financial ( WDR), up 2.0% and Leucadia National ( LUK), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 3.0%, BlackRock ( BLK), down 0.9% and Morgan Stanley ( MS), down 0.6%.

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 $1.50 (1.0%) to $149.75 on light volume. Thus far, 194,804 shares of Affiliated Managers Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 672,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $146.91-$151.14 after having opened the day at $146.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $148.25.

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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 $8.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.2% 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Affiliated Managers Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, E*Trade Financial ( ETFC) is up $0.16 (0.7%) to $24.98 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of E*Trade Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.42-$25.26 after having opened the day at $24.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.82.

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E*TRADE Financial Corporation, a financial services company, provides brokerage and related products and services primarily to individual retail investors under the E*TRADE Financial brand name. It operates through two segments, Trading and Investing, and Balance Sheet Management. E*Trade Financial has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 16.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate E*Trade Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E*Trade Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full E*Trade Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ameriprise Financial ( AMP) is up $0.64 (0.7%) to $90.74 on light volume. Thus far, 337,261 shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.16-$91.35 after having opened the day at $89.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.10.

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Ameriprise Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services to individual and institutional clients in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ameriprise Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations 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 Ameriprise 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 services industry could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).