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) -- Financial stocks were weak across the board Wednesday with few exceptions.


Financial Select Sector SPDR

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, an exchange-traded fund that follows financial stocks, was down 1.63% to $14.51.

Morgan Stanley

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was one of the weakest large-cap financial names, falling 4.26% to$24.95. Deutsche Bank analyst Michael Carrier cut his estimates on both Morgan Stanley and

Goldman Sachs

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citing "weak capital markets trends across the board." Shares of Goldman fell by 2.20% to $148.07, while

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Bank of America

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, banks that rely heavily on capital markets activity for their earnings, were all down, but by small margins.

Further evidence of the weak capital markets environment came from

Jefferies Group

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, which posted weak trading results in its third quarter earnings despite strength in investment banking, according to a report from Oppenheimer analyst Chris Kotowski. Investors punished Jefferies stock, sending it down 5.15% to close at $23, erasing nearly all its gains this month.

Discover Financial Services

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was among the few gainers. Shares of the credit card company closed up 2.13% at $16.30. Discover had seen big gains on the back of strong earnings Monday, but it lost some ground on Tuesday. Wednesday's surge pushed the stock above where it closed Monday.

Another rare winner among financials on Wednesday was

KKR & Co.

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. The publicly-listed shares of the private equity giant gained 1.58% to $10.26 as it sold $500 million of 10-year bonds. KKR shares are still about 2.4% below their $10.50 open on July 15, the day they moved from an Amsterdam exchange to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


Written by Dan Freed in New York


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