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 23 points (-0.2%) at 13,146 as of Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,517 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 9.5%, MetLife ( MET), down 2.6%, Discover Financial Services ( DFS), down 2.2%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), down 1.6% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 1.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), up 1.5%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 1.4%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.1%, Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC), up 1.1% and Banco Santander ( SAN), up 0.9%.

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

5. CME Group ( CME) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, CME Group is down $0.49 (-1.0%) to $50.72 on average volume Thus far, 945,972 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.46-$50.95 after having opened the day at $50.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.21.

CME Group Inc. operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX and COMEX futures exchanges worldwide. The company provides a range of products across various asset classes, such as interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather, and real estate. CME Group has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CME Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full CME Group Ratings Report now.

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