5 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.2%) at 12,795 as of Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,283 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 12.3%, Chubb ( CB), down 1.1%, Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 1.2%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 1.0% and American Tower ( AMT), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM), up 7.1%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 3.7%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 2.6%, BanColombia ( CIB), up 2.2% and Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.9%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab is down $0.16 (-1.2%) to $12.90 on light volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.88-$13.11 after having opened the day at $13.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.06.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, and related financial services to individuals and institutional clients. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Charles Schwab Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Allstate ( ALL) is down $0.40 (-1.0%) to $38.34 on light volume Thus far, 848,466 shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.23-$38.74 after having opened the day at $38.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.73.

The Allstate Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the personal property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and retirement and investment products business primarily in the United States. Allstate has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Allstate a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Allstate as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, 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 Allstate Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $0.57 (-0.8%) to $68.41 on light volume Thus far, 688,952 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.86-$69.35 after having opened the day at $69.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.98.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $26.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Travelers Companies Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Capital One Financial ( COF) is down $0.77 (-1.3%) to $57.60 on light volume Thus far, 799,936 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.58-$58.49 after having opened the day at $58.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.37.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA), and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $33.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Capital One Financial Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is down $0.18 (-0.6%) to $31.99 on light volume Thus far, 6.7 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.73-$32.18 after having opened the day at $32.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.17.

American International Group, Inc. engages in the provision of insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Chartis, SunAmerica Financial Group, and Aircraft Leasing. American International Group has a market cap of $46.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full American International Group Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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