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 28 points (-0.2%) at 13,217 as of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Deutsche Bank ( DB), down 2.1%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 1.6%, Blackstone Group ( BX), down 1.5%, Discover Financial Services ( DFS), down 1.4% and HCP ( HCP), down 1.1%. Top gainers within the sector include MBIA ( MBI), up 7.7%, KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.2%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 2.0%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 1.6% and Aegon ( AEG), up 1.3%.

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

5. Health Care REIT ( HCN) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT is down $0.62 (-1.0%) to $58.91 on light volume Thus far, 536,578 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.80-$59.83 after having opened the day at $59.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.53.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is down $0.18 (-0.6%) to $28.66 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.56-$28.91 after having opened the day at $28.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.84.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company for Branch Banking and Trust Company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, SunTrust Banks ( STI) is down $0.46 (-1.7%) to $27.31 on light volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of SunTrust Banks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.24-$27.84 after having opened the day at $27.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.77.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. operates as the holding company for SunTrust Bank, which provides various financial services in the United States. SunTrust Banks has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 55.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate SunTrust Banks a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SunTrust Banks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full SunTrust Banks Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $2.19 (-1.4%) to $154.21 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.3 million 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 $153.77-$155.20 after having opened the day at $154.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $156.40.

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 $48.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is down $0.36 (-1.2%) to $30.48 on light volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.40-$30.98 after having opened the day at $30.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.84.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, 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 American Capital Agency 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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