L, BBT And MET, 3 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower - TheStreet

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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 12 points (0.1%) at 17,830 as of Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, 12:15 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,420 issues advancing vs. 1,510 declining with 216 unchanged.

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

National Bank of Greece

(

NBG

), down 5.9%,

HDFC Bank

(

HDB

), down 4.1%,

JPMorgan Chase

(

JPM

), down 1.2%,

Shinhan Financial Group

(

SHG

), down 1.1% and

U.S. Bancorp

(

USB

), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include

MasterCard

(

MA

), up 1.8%,

Deutsche Bank

(

DB

), up 1.9%,

Brookfield Asset Management

(

BAM

), up 1.7%,

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

(

CM

), up 1.2% and

Visa

(

V

), up 1.2%.

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

3.

Loews

(

L

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Loews is down $0.49 (-1.1%) to $42.51 on light volume. Thus far, 406,263 shares of Loews exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.49-$43.05 after having opened the day at $43.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.00.

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Loews Corporation operates primarily as a commercial property and casualty insurance company. Loews has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Loews a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Loews

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Loews Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

BB&T

(

BBT

) is down $0.18 (-0.5%) to $37.89 on light volume. Thus far, 952,829 shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.68-$38.11 after having opened the day at $38.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.07.

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BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $27.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

BB&T

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

BB&T Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

MetLife

(

MET

) is down $0.45 (-0.8%) to $55.83 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.68-$56.60 after having opened the day at $56.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.28.

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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 $63.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 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, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. 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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