5 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 12,980 as of Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,319 issues advancing vs. 1,553 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CME Group ( CME), down 1.8%, KeyCorp ( KEY), down 1.6%, U.S. Bancorp ( USB), down 1.3%, Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB), down 1.5% and PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 1.8%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 1.2%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.2%, Aegon ( AEG), up 1.1% and Banco Santander S.A ( SAN), up 0.8%.

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

5. Discover Financial Services ( DFS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Discover Financial Services is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $40.99 on light volume Thus far, 851,569 shares of Discover Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.91-$41.34 after having opened the day at $41.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.23.

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, offers direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. Discover Financial Services has a market cap of $21.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 73.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Discover Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discover Financial Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins 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 Discover Financial Services Ratings Report now.

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