Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 20 points (0.1%) at 17,644 as of Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,396 issues advancing vs. 1,484 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores ( AVAL), up 4.2%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.7%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.4%, Essex Property ( ESS), up 1.2% and Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 2.0%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 1.4%, Orix ( IX), down 1.4%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 1.1% and Goldman Sachs Group ( GS), down 1.1%.

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

3. Zillow Group ( ZG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Zillow Group is up $1.13 (4.7%) to $25.09 on heavy volume. Thus far, 809,129 shares of Zillow Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 784,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.00-$25.96 after having opened the day at $25.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.96.

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Zillow Group, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. It offers a portfolio of brands and products to help people find vital information about homes, and connect with local professionals. Zillow Group has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Zillow Group a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Zillow Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Hartford Financial Services Group ( HIG) is up $0.50 (1.1%) to $45.88 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Hartford Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.03-$45.90 after having opened the day at $45.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.39.

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The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services to individual and business customers in the United States. Hartford Financial Services Group has a market cap of $18.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Hartford Financial Services Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hartford Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Hartford Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is up $0.58 (0.5%) to $116.61 on light volume. Thus far, 652,639 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $115.54-$116.65 after having opened the day at $116.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.03.

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The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the United states and internationally. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $34.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Travelers Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Travelers Companies 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).