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 21 points (-0.2%) at 12,999 as of Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,281 issues advancing vs. 1,584 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.8%, Citigroup ( C), down 1.6%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.0%, Equity Residential ( EQR), down 1.0% and Bank of New York Mellon ( BK), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.9%, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), up 1.2%, Banco Santander ( SAN), up 0.7%, Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 0.7% and Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 0.6%.

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

5. Credicorp ( BAP) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Credicorp is down $2.24 (-1.6%) to $139.34 on heavy volume Thus far, 239,066 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 242,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $139.05-$142.80 after having opened the day at $141.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $141.58.

Credicorp Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in Peru, Bolivia, and Panama. Credicorp has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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 Credicorp Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is down $0.69 (-0.9%) to $78.93 on light volume Thus far, 264,527 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.90-$79.58 after having opened the day at $79.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.62.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insureds worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $26.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE 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 ACE Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Progressive Corporation ( PGR) is down $0.34 (-1.6%) to $21.25 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Progressive Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.25-$21.55 after having opened the day at $21.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.59.

The Progressive Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal and commercial automobile insurance, and other specialty property-casualty insurance products and related services primarily in the United States. Progressive Corporation has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Progressive Corporation a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $0.41 (-0.6%) to $70.77 on light volume Thus far, 587,611 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 $70.74-$71.42 after having opened the day at $71.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.18.

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 $27.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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.

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1. As of noon trading, Capital One Financial ( COF) is down $0.36 (-0.6%) to $57.90 on light volume Thus far, 789,992 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.64-$58.35 after having opened the day at $58.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.26.

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 $33.8 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 37.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. 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.

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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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