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3 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 54 points (0.3%) at 16,185 as of Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,812 issues advancing vs. 1,117 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC), down 1.7%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 1.6%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 1.4%, Morgan Stanley ( MS), down 1.3% and ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), up 5.8%, HCP ( HCP), up 1.7%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.4%, Ventas ( VTR), up 1.4% and Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 1.4%.

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

3. Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Regions Financial Corporation is down $0.10 (-0.9%) to $10.28 on light volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.26-$10.36 after having opened the day at $10.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.37.

Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Business Services, Consumer Services, and Wealth Management. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Regions Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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