Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 18,013 as of Thursday, April 28, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,531 issues advancing vs. 1,350 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 11.1%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 4.2%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 3.1%, Banco Santander (Brasil ( BSBR), up 2.0% and UBS Group ( UBS), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 10.0%, XL Group ( XL), down 7.3%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 5.0%, ORIX ( IX), down 4.5% and Invesco ( IVZ), down 2.7%.

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

3. Royal Bank of Canada ( RY) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Bank of Canada is up $0.48 (0.8%) to $62.27 on average volume. Thus far, 575,994 shares of Royal Bank of Canada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.29-$62.29 after having opened the day at $61.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.79.

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Royal Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified financial service company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Personal & Commercial Banking; Wealth Management; Insurance; Investor & Treasury Services; and Capital Markets. Royal Bank of Canada has a market cap of $91.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Royal Bank of Canada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank of Canada as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 Royal Bank of Canada Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equifax ( EFX) is up $2.44 (2.1%) to $121.05 on heavy volume. Thus far, 920,527 shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 743,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $115.66-$122.55 after having opened the day at $117.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.61.

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Equifax Inc. provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company operates through four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions, and Personal Solutions. Equifax has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equifax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Equifax Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC) is up $0.74 (1.2%) to $62.96 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.04-$63.00 after having opened the day at $60.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.23.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services firm, provides advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and people worldwide. It operates through two segments, Risk and Insurance Services; and Consulting. Marsh & McLennan Companies has a market cap of $32.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Marsh & McLennan Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marsh & McLennan Companies 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Marsh & McLennan 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).