5 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,961 as of Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,624 issues advancing vs. 1,238 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 3.8%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 2.5%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.3%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.2% and UBS ( UBS), down 1.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 10.5%, Willis Group Holdings ( WSH), up 4.0%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.5%, Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC), up 0.9% and Prudential Financial ( PRU), up 0.7%.

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

5. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is down $0.10 (-1.6%) to $5.72 on light volume Thus far, 311,955 shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.70-$5.75 after having opened the day at $5.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.81.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services to individual and corporate customers in Japan and internationally. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has a market cap of $81.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Deutsche Bank ( DB) is down $0.48 (-1.0%) to $49.39 on light volume Thus far, 363,993 shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.34-$49.87 after having opened the day at $49.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.87.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $45.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Deutsche Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its very decent return on equity which we feel should persist. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Deutsche Bank Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Blackstone Group ( BX) is down $0.50 (-2.7%) to $18.10 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.06-$18.76 after having opened the day at $18.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.60.

The Blackstone Group L.P., together with its subsidiaries, provides alternative asset management and financial advisory services worldwide. It operates in five segments: Private Equity, Real Estate, Hedge Fund Solutions, Credit Businesses, and Financial Advisory. Blackstone Group has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 106.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Blackstone Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Blackstone Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Blackstone Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB) is down $0.30 (-1.8%) to $16.26 on average volume Thus far, 5.8 million shares of Fifth Third Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.22-$16.55 after having opened the day at $16.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.56.

Fifth Third Bancorp operates as a diversified financial services holding company in the United States. Fifth Third Bancorp has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Fifth Third Bancorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fifth Third Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Fifth Third Bancorp Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is down $0.32 (-0.9%) to $33.99 on light volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.92-$34.36 after having opened the day at $34.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.31.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides various banking and financial services in the United States. The company offers depository services, such as checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $64.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates U.S. Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full U.S. Bancorp 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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