4 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 18 points (-0.1%) at 13,964 as of Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,524 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include MetLife ( MET), down 3.1%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 2.7%, Orix Corporation ( IX), down 2.6%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), down 1.9% and Progressive Corporation ( PGR), down 1.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Icahn ( IEP), up 3.4%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.7%, Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A), up 0.9% and Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC), up 0.6%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Lloyds Banking Group is down $0.03 (-0.9%) to $3.40 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.37-$3.42 after having opened the day at $3.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.43.

Lloyds Banking Group plc provides banking and financial services to personal and corporate customers primarily in the United Kingdom. The company's Retail division provides banking, mortgages, and other financial services to personal customers. Lloyds Banking Group has a market cap of $59.9 billion and is part of the banking 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 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Lloyds Banking Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lloyds Banking Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Sun Life Financial ( SLF) is down $0.93 (-3.1%) to $29.00 on average volume Thus far, 184,210 shares of Sun Life Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 345,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.99-$29.96 after having opened the day at $29.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.93.

Sun Life Financial Inc., an international financial services organization, provides a range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sun Life Financial a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sun Life Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Sun Life Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Credit Suisse Group ( CS) is down $0.17 (-0.6%) to $29.13 on light volume Thus far, 472,245 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.95-$29.16 after having opened the day at $29.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.30.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $38.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Credit Suisse Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Credit Suisse Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $1.11 (-0.7%) to $160.94 on average volume Thus far, 466,909 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $160.87-$161.88 after having opened the day at $161.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $162.05.

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 $50.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 and solid stock price performance. 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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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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