All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 19 points (-0.1%) at 17,641 as of Friday, May 6, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,494 issues advancing vs. 1,386 declining with 173 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Leucadia National ( LUK), up 2.4%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.8%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.5%, Voya Financial ( VOYA), up 1.4% and ING Groep ( ING), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CIM Commercial ( CMCT), down 7.2%, Momo ( MOMO), down 6.9%, Nelnet ( NNI), down 6.6%, Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), down 6.2% and Icahn ( IEP), down 4.8%.

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

3. Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Lloyds Banking Group is up $0.06 (1.7%) to $3.80 on light volume. Thus far, 846,910 shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.76-$3.82 after having opened the day at $3.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.74.

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Lloyds Banking Group plc provides banking and financial services to individual and business customers in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Retail, Commercial Banking, Consumer Finance, and Insurance. Lloyds Banking Group has a market cap of $68.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Lloyds Banking Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lloyds Banking Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Apollo Global Management ( APO) is up $0.31 (1.9%) to $16.95 on light volume. Thus far, 230,709 shares of Apollo Global Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.52-$16.96 after having opened the day at $16.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.64.

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Apollo Global Management, LLC is a publicly owned investment manager. It primarily provides its services to endowment and sovereign wealth funds, as well as other institutional and individual investors. The firm manages client focused portfolios. Apollo Global Management has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Apollo Global Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Global Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Apollo Global Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Homes 4 Rent ( AMH) is up $0.52 (3.2%) to $16.75 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of American Homes 4 Rent exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.15-$16.84 after having opened the day at $16.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.23.

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American Homes 4 Rent is a real estate investment trust. The firm engages in the acquisition, renovation, leasing, and operating single-family home rental properties in the United States. American Homes 4 Rent was founded in 2012 and is based in Malibu, California. American Homes 4 Rent has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Homes 4 Rent a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Homes 4 Rent as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full American Homes 4 Rent 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).