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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 67 points (0.4%) at 17,259 as of Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 12:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,331 issues advancing vs. 1,643 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Bank of Montreal

(

BMO

), down 4.3%,

Bank of Nova Scotia

(

BNS

), down 1.8%,

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

(

CM

), down 1.6%,

KKR

(

KKR

), down 1.4% and

Royal Bank Of Canada

(

RY

), down 1.5%. Top gainers within the sector include

National Bank of Greece

(

NBG

), up 16.5%,

Deutsche Bank

(

DB

), up 4.7%,

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), up 3.0%,

Invesco

(

IVZ

), up 2.9% and

Orix

(

IX

), up 2.5%.

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

3.

Travelers Companies

(

TheStreet Recommends

TRV

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies is down $0.56 (-0.5%) to $104.02 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.51-$105.07 after having opened the day at $104.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.58.

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The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the United States. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $35.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Travelers Companies Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

MetLife

(

MET

) is down $0.12 (-0.3%) to $46.72 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.31-$47.38 after having opened the day at $46.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.84.

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MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $54.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 13.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

MetLife

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

MetLife Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

American International Group

(

AIG

) is down $0.20 (-0.4%) to $49.01 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.68-$49.70 after having opened the day at $49.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.21.

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American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments: AIG Property Casualty, and AIG Life and Retirement. American International Group has a market cap of $70.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American International Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

American International 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

).

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