5 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,942 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,301 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 144 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 CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), down 9.7%, Aegon ( AEG), down 2.7%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 1.7%, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC), down 1.8% and IntercontinentalExchange ( ICE), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Apollo Global Management ( APO), up 5.3%, Icahn ( IEP), up 3.3%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 1.7%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.7% and Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 1.0%.

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

5. PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group is down $0.68 (-1.1%) to $62.22 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.18-$63.25 after having opened the day at $63.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.90.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company's Retail Banking segment provides deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $33.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year 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 PNC Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.57 (-1.6%) to $35.21 on average volume Thus far, 3.7 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.15-$36.18 after having opened the day at $36.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.78.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $38.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full MetLife Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Morgan Stanley ( MS) is down $0.62 (-2.6%) to $22.96 on average volume Thus far, 8.9 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.94-$23.85 after having opened the day at $23.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.58.

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $45.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley 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 growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Morgan Stanley Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wells Fargo ( WFC) is down $0.32 (-0.9%) to $35.50 on average volume Thus far, 9.6 million shares of Wells Fargo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.48-$35.95 after having opened the day at $35.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.82.

Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services. The company operates in three segments: Community Banking; Wholesale Banking; and Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement. Wells Fargo has a market cap of $186.7 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 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Wells Fargo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wells Fargo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Wells Fargo Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is down $0.52 (-1.4%) to $37.93 on average volume Thus far, 9.2 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.90-$38.93 after having opened the day at $38.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.45.

American International Group, Inc. engages in the provision of insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Chartis, SunAmerica Financial Group, and Aircraft Leasing. American International Group has a market cap of $55.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full American International 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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