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5 Stocks Dragging In The Financial Sector

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 5 points (0.0%) at 16,485 as of Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,370 issues advancing vs. 1,569 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Zillow ( Z), down 3.5%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 1.8%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 1.7%, Boston Properties ( BXP), down 1.1% and Kimco Realty ( KIM), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.5%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), up 1.3%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.0%, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), up 1.0% and UBS ( UBS), up 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Loews Corporation ( L) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Loews Corporation is down $0.47 (-1.0%) to $47.56 on light volume. Thus far, 180,173 shares of Loews Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 776,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.44-$47.97 after having opened the day at $47.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.03.

Loews Corporation operates primarily as a commercial property and casualty insurance company. The company operates in four segments: CNA Specialty, CNA Commercial, Life & Group Non-Core, and Other. Loews Corporation has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Loews Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Loews Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Loews Corporation Ratings Report now.

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