Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 13 points (-0.1%) at 18,461 as of Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,210 issues advancing vs. 1,692 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Total System Services

(

TSS

), down 9.6%,

Equity Residential

(

EQR

), down 4.9%,

Deutsche Bank

(

DB

), down 3.8%,

Oaktree Capital Group

(

OAK

), down 3.5% and

Carlyle Group

(

CG

), down 3.3%. Top gainers within the sector include

State Street

(

STT

), up 7.8%,

Aegon

(

AEG

), up 1.3%,

Bank of New York Mellon

(

BK

), up 1.2%,

UBS Group

(

UBS

), up 0.7% and

Intercontinental Exchange

(

ICE

), up 0.5%.

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

3.

General Growth Properties

(

GGP

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties is down $0.39 (-1.2%) to $31.58 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.44-$31.89 after having opened the day at $31.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.97.

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General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties, Inc is based in Chicago, Illinois. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $28.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 17.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

General Growth Properties

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

General Growth Properties Ratings Report

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2. As of noon trading,

Travelers Companies

(

TRV

) is down $1.16 (-1.0%) to $116.49 on average volume. Thus far, 584,295 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.34-$117.50 after having opened the day at $117.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.65.

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The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the United states and internationally. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $33.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Travelers Companies

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Travelers Companies Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Simon Property Group

(

SPG

) is down $2.14 (-0.9%) to $222.36 on average volume. Thus far, 945,617 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $219.05-$225.20 after having opened the day at $225.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $224.50.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, management, and development of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $69.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Simon Property Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Simon Property Group 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

).