5 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 17 points (0.1%) at 13,052 as of Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,459 issues advancing vs. 1,413 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Deutsche Bank ( DB), down 1.6%, American International Group ( AIG), down 1.6%, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD), down 1.5%, Discover Financial Services ( DFS), down 1.2% and Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Epoch Holding Corporation ( EPHC), up 26.5%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 3.3%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 2.7%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 2.3% and Orix Corporation ( IX), up 2.1%.

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

5. Chubb ( CB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Chubb is down $0.73 (-0.9%) to $77.45 on light volume Thus far, 398,354 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.40-$78.43 after having opened the day at $78.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.18.

The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. It offers personal insurance products, such as automobile, homeowners, and other personal coverage products, as well as supplemental accident and health insurance products. Chubb has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chubb a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chubb as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, increase 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 Chubb Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is down $0.35 (-0.7%) to $53.23 on light volume Thus far, 740,053 shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.82-$53.59 after having opened the day at $53.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.58.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance. Aflac has a market cap of $24.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, 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 Aflac Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Allstate ( ALL) is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $41.06 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.74-$41.30 after having opened the day at $41.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.30.

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 $19.6 billion and is part of the insurance 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 48.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 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.

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2. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.49 (-1.5%) to $32.83 on light volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.70-$33.07 after having opened the day at $32.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.32.

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 $36.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 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, Morgan Stanley ( MS) is down $0.20 (-1.2%) to $16.78 on light volume Thus far, 6.7 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.74-$17.05 after having opened the day at $17.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.98.

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $32.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Morgan Stanley Ratings Report now.

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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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