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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 16,647 as of Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,518 issues advancing vs. 1,472 declining with 153 unchanged.

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

Health Care REIT

(

HCN

), down 3.0%,

First Republic Bank (San Francisco CA

(

FRC

), down 2.0%,

Manulife Financial Corporation

(

MFC

), down 1.9%,

HCP

(

HCP

), down 1.7% and

Ventas

(

VTR

), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the sector include

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings

(

NSM

), up 5.5%,

Capital One Financial

(

COF

), up 1.0%,

Discover Financial Services

(

DFS

), up 0.9%,

HDFC Bank

(

HDB

), up 0.9% and

Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The

(

RBS

), up 0.7%.

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

3.

ACE

(

ACE

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, ACE is down $0.65 (-0.6%) to $102.70 on average volume. Thus far, 524,766 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.57-$103.50 after having opened the day at $103.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.35.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insureds worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $34.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ACE

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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

ACE Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Prudential Financial

(

PRU

) is down $0.97 (-1.2%) to $82.14 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.05-$83.05 after having opened the day at $82.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.11.

Prudential Financial, Inc. provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $37.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk 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 $0.41 (-0.8%) to $51.15 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.91-$51.51 after having opened the day at $51.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.56.

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 $57.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. 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

).

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