3 Stocks Pulling The Financial Sector Downward - TheStreet

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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 17,825 as of Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,660 issues advancing vs. 1,252 declining with 187 unchanged.

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

Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil

(

BSBR

), down 2.7%,

Orix

(

IX

), down 1.6%,

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

(

MTU

), down 1.2%,

General Growth Properties

(

GGP

), down 0.8% and

Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The

(

RBS

), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include

Credit Acceptance

(

CACC

), up 14.9%,

American Capital

(

ACAS

), up 7.9%,

Credit Suisse Group

(

CS

), up 3.1%,

Aegon

(

AEG

), up 3.0% and

Lloyds Banking Group

(

LYG

), up 0.8%.

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

3.

Markel Corporation

(

MKL

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Markel Corporation is down $16.38 (-1.8%) to $918.38 on average volume. Thus far, 30,266 shares of Markel Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 52,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $918.38-$933.67 after having opened the day at $933.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $934.76.

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Markel Corporation markets and underwrites specialty insurance products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: U.S. Insurance, International Insurance, and Reinsurance. The U.S. Markel Corporation has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 36.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Markel Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Markel Corporation

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, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Markel Corporation Ratings Report

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2. As of noon trading,

Progressive

(

PGR

) is down $0.29 (-0.9%) to $31.45 on light volume. Thus far, 504,717 shares of Progressive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.40-$31.82 after having opened the day at $31.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.74.

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The Progressive Corporation, an insurance holding company, provides personal and commercial property-casualty insurance, and other specialty property-casualty insurance and related services primarily in the United States. Progressive has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Progressive a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Progressive

as a

buy

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

Progressive Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Travelers Companies

(

TRV

) is down $0.61 (-0.5%) to $114.83 on light volume. Thus far, 334,193 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $114.74-$115.53 after having opened the day at $115.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $115.44.

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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 Unites states and internationally. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $35.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 9.1% 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 12 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 solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Travelers Companies Ratings Report

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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

).