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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 17,085 as of Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,160 issues advancing vs. 1,849 declining with 136 unchanged.

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

KB Financial Group

(

KB

), down 2.0%,

Aegon

(

AEG

), down 1.5%,

Nomura Holdings

(

NMR

), down 1.5%,

Orix

(

IX

), down 1.4% and

Shinhan Financial Group

(

SHG

), down 1.0%. A company within the sector that increased today was

Visa

(

V

), up 0.9%.

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

3.

UBS

(

UBS

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, UBS is down $0.17 (-1.0%) to $17.36 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.27-$17.45 after having opened the day at $17.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.53.

UBS AG, a financial services firm, provides retail, wealth management, corporate and institutional banking, asset management, and investment banking products and services worldwide. The company's Wealth Management division provides financial services to high net worth individuals. UBS has a market cap of $66.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

UBS

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

UBS Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Prudential Financial

(

PRU

) is down $0.50 (-0.6%) to $88.60 on average volume. Thus far, 924,318 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.52-$89.58 after having opened the day at $89.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.10.

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 $41.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 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

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Prudential Financial Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Citigroup

(

C

) is down $0.30 (-0.6%) to $51.75 on average volume. Thus far, 9.2 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.72-$52.49 after having opened the day at $52.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.05.

Citigroup Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions. Citigroup has a market cap of $159.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Citigroup

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Citigroup 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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