5 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 51 points (0.4%) at 13,835 as of Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,532 issues advancing vs. 1,325 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include MetLife ( MET), down 2.0%, Citigroup ( C), down 1.6%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 1.2%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.0% and Royal Bank Of Canada ( RY), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), up 35.6%, American Tower ( AMT), up 2.5%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 2.5%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 2.4% and Banco Santander ( SAN), up 0.6%.

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

5. Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Berkshire Hathaway is down $1,560.00 (-1.0%) to $148,340.00 on light volume Thus far, 261 shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $148,105.00-$149,599.00 after having opened the day at $149,524.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $149,900.00.

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. Through its subsidiaries, the firm primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway has a market cap of $139.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2268.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Berkshire Hathaway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Berkshire Hathaway Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $0.86 (-1.6%) to $53.84 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.78-$55.29 after having opened the day at $55.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.70.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, and investment management services in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 61.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its robust revenue growth -- not just in the most recent periods but in previous quarters as well. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is down $0.31 (-1.9%) to $16.01 on average volume Thus far, 5.4 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.00-$16.48 after having opened the day at $16.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.32.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, and related financial services to individuals and institutional clients. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Charles Schwab Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Discover Financial Services ( DFS) is down $0.42 (-1.1%) to $37.52 on average volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Discover Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.24-$38.17 after having opened the day at $38.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.94.

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, offers direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. Discover Financial Services has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Discover Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discover Financial Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Discover Financial Services Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is down $0.73 (-1.5%) to $46.97 on heavy volume Thus far, 19.5 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.85-$48.26 after having opened the day at $48.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.70.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $185.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. 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 JPMorgan Chase Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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