One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 25 points (0.1%) at 17,526 as of Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,545 issues advancing vs. 1,371 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include LendingClub ( LC), up 9.3%, Credit Acceptance ( CACC), up 3.7%, Banco Macro ( BMA), up 2.7%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 1.8% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ares Capital ( ARCC), down 3.6%, AmTrust Financial Services ( AFSI), down 2.6%, Aegon ( AEG), down 1.5%, KB Financial Group ( KB), down 1.4% and Everest Re Group ( RE), down 1.3%.

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

3. Credicorp ( BAP) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, Credicorp is up $2.58 (1.9%) to $142.08 on light volume. Thus far, 100,708 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 464,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $137.51-$142.23 after having opened the day at $138.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $139.50.

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Credicorp Ltd., through its banking and non-banking subsidiaries, provides a range of financial, insurance, and health services and products primarily in Peru and internationally. It operates through four segments: Banking, Insurance, Pension Funds, and Investment Banking. Credicorp has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 43.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins 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 Credicorp Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.33 (1.0%) to $32.67 on light volume. Thus far, 967,188 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.12-$32.68 after having opened the day at $32.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.34.

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HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $15.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.16 (1.1%) to $14.74 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.51-$14.80 after having opened the day at $14.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.58.

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Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts 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).