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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4. As of noon trading, Hartford Financial Services Group ( HIG) is down $0.37 (-1.7%) to $21.13 on light volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Hartford Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.11-$21.52 after having opened the day at $21.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.50.

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services primarily in the United States and Japan. Hartford Financial Services Group has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Hartford Financial Services Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hartford Financial Services Group 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 Hartford Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Allstate ( ALL) is down $0.53 (-1.3%) to $40.32 on light volume Thus far, 888,587 shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.29-$40.86 after having opened the day at $40.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.85.

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 $19.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 50.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, Capital One Financial ( COF) is down $1.29 (-2.2%) to $56.71 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.69-$57.93 after having opened the day at $57.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.00.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA), and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $34.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 Capital One Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is down $0.83 (-1.4%) to $56.89 on light volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.83-$57.65 after having opened the day at $57.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.72.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $64.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, increase in net income, solid stock price performance 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 American Express Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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