All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 17,604 as of Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,037 issues advancing vs. 895 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Regions Financial

(

RF

), down 3.2%,

Fifth Third Bancorp

(

FITB

), down 2.4%,

Credit Suisse Group

(

CS

), down 2.3%,

SunTrust Banks

(

STI

), down 2.1% and

Deutsche Bank

(

DB

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

Oaktree Capital Group

(

OAK

), up 2.8%,

SL Green Realty

(

SLG

), up 2.4%,

Blackstone Group

(

BX

), up 2.3%,

KB Financial Group

(

KB

), up 1.8% and

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV

(

BSMX

), up 1.6%.

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

3.

PNC Financial Services Group

(

PNC

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group is down $0.66 (-0.8%) to $84.22 on light volume. Thus far, 881,724 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.46-$84.66 after having opened the day at $84.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.88.

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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $42.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PNC Financial Services Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

PNC Financial Services Group Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Prudential Financial

(

PRU

) is down $0.76 (-1.1%) to $71.25 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.33-$71.66 after having opened the day at $71.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.01.

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Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $31.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Prudential Financial

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full

Prudential Financial Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

MetLife

(

MET

) is down $0.64 (-1.5%) to $42.36 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.03-$42.68 after having opened the day at $42.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.00.

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MetLife, Inc. provides life insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management products in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $46.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 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 attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

MetLife 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

).