MS, GS And JPM, 3 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower - TheStreet

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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 6 points (0.0%) at 17,798 as of Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,608 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Eaton Vance

(

EV

), down 3.8%,

Simon Property Group

(

SPG

), down 2.0%,

General Growth Properties

(

GGP

), down 1.7%,

CME Group

(

CME

), down 1.7% and

Nasdaq

(

NDAQ

), down 1.6%. A company within the sector that increased today was

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores

(

AVAL

), up 1.5%.

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

3.

Morgan Stanley

(

MS

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Morgan Stanley is down $0.18 (-0.5%) to $33.46 on light volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.18-$33.54 after having opened the day at $33.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.64.

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Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $65.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Morgan Stanley

as a

buy

. The company's strongest point has been its very decent return on equity which we feel should persist. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Morgan Stanley Ratings Report

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2. As of noon trading,

Goldman Sachs Group

(

GS

) is down $1.34 (-0.7%) to $187.85 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $186.56-$188.85 after having opened the day at $188.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $189.19.

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The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. operates as an investment banking, securities, and investment management company worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending, and Investment Management. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $81.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Goldman Sachs Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

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1. As of noon trading,

JPMorgan Chase

(

JPM

) is down $0.34 (-0.5%) to $66.54 on light volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.04-$66.57 after having opened the day at $66.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.88.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. provides various financial services worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Consumer & Community Banking, Corporate & Investment Bank, Commercial Banking, and Asset Management. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $248.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

JPMorgan Chase

as a

buy

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

JPMorgan Chase 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

).