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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