All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 29 points (0.2%) at 18,546 as of Friday, July 22, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,820 issues advancing vs. 1,037 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 2.8%, Capital One Financial ( COF), down 1.4% and Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Digital Realty ( DLR), up 3.4%, Hartford Financial Services Group ( HIG), up 2.8%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 2.5%, E*TRADE Financial ( ETFC), up 2.2% and KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.2%.

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

3. Bank of Montreal ( BMO) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Bank of Montreal is down $0.53 (-0.8%) to $64.30 on average volume. Thus far, 400,296 shares of Bank of Montreal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 600,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.11-$64.97 after having opened the day at $64.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.83.

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Bank of Montreal provides diversified financial services primarily in North America. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $42.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Bank of Montreal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of Montreal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Bank of Montreal Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, SunTrust Banks ( STI) is down $0.67 (-1.6%) to $42.50 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of SunTrust Banks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.79-$42.69 after having opened the day at $42.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.17.

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SunTrust Banks, Inc. operates as the holding company for SunTrust Bank that provides various financial services for consumers, businesses, corporations, and institutions in the United States. SunTrust Banks has a market cap of $21.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate SunTrust Banks a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SunTrust Banks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full SunTrust Banks Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Synchrony Financial ( SYF) is down $0.20 (-0.7%) to $28.06 on average volume. Thus far, 6.8 million shares of Synchrony Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.95-$28.89 after having opened the day at $28.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.26.

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Synchrony Financial operates as a consumer financial services company in the United States. Synchrony Financial has a market cap of $23.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Synchrony Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Synchrony Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Synchrony 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 sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).