5 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 12,949 as of Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,707 issues advancing vs. 1,183 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 8.3%, Zions ( ZION), down 3.2%, Public Storage ( PSA), down 2.1%, Capital One Financial ( COF), down 2.0% and KeyCorp ( KEY), down 1.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 3.2%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.6%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 2.4%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 2.0% and Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 1.2%.

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

5. Simon Property Group ( SPG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group is down $1.47 (-1.0%) to $150.68 on average volume Thus far, 541,063 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $149.24-$151.66 after having opened the day at $151.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.15.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $46.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Simon Property Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $0.28 (-0.5%) to $51.50 on light volume Thus far, 600,150 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.15-$51.88 after having opened the day at $51.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.78.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, and investment management services in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $24.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.8% 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 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is down $0.59 (-1.1%) to $55.10 on average volume Thus far, 2.8 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.92-$55.72 after having opened the day at $55.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.69.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $63.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full American Express Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.26 (-0.8%) to $32.87 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.71-$33.12 after having opened the day at $32.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.13.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $36.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full MetLife Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is down $0.28 (-0.8%) to $32.69 on light volume Thus far, 4.6 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.63-$32.97 after having opened the day at $32.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.97.

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 $48.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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.

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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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