3 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 2.7%, KB Financial Group ( KB), down 2.1%, Discover Financial Services ( DFS), down 1.3%, SunTrust Banks ( STI), down 1.3% and Orix Corporation ( IX), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 2.7%, Prologis ( PLD), up 1.0%, Bank of America Corporation ( BAC), up 0.8%, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD), up 0.8% and Bank of Montreal ( BMO), up 0.6%.

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

3. Deutsche Bank ( DB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Deutsche Bank is down $0.49 (-1.1%) to $42.10 on light volume Thus far, 571,447 shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.00-$42.34 after having opened the day at $42.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.59.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $40.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Deutsche Bank a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Deutsche Bank Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, M&T Bank ( MTB) is down $0.92 (-0.9%) to $97.56 on light volume Thus far, 142,184 shares of M&T Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.49-$98.48 after having opened the day at $98.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.48.

M&T Bank Corporation operates as the holding company for M&T Bank that provide commercial and retail banking services to individuals, corporations and other businesses, and institutions. M&T Bank has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate M&T Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates M&T Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full M&T Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) is down $0.10 (-1.5%) to $6.51 on light volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.51-$6.63 after having opened the day at $6.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.61.

Regions Financial Corporation operates as the holding company for Regions Bank that provides a range of commercial, retail, and mortgage banking services in the United States. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Regions Financial Corporation 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).

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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