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 24 points (-0.2%) at 14,029 as of Friday, March 1, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,249 issues advancing vs. 1,609 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Icahn ( IEP), down 12.7%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 4.0%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 3.9%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 2.5% and UBS ( UBS), down 2.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Orix Corporation ( IX), up 3.5%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 3.1%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), up 1.6%, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD), up 0.6% and Citigroup ( C), up 0.4%.

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

5. ING Groep N.V ( ING) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, ING Groep N.V is down $0.23 (-2.8%) to $7.77 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.56-$7.85 after having opened the day at $7.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.00.

ING Groep N.V., a financial services company, provides banking, investment, life insurance, and retirement services for individuals, families, small businesses, corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $30.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ING Groep N.V as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full ING Groep N.V Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Banco Santander ( SAN) is down $0.16 (-2.1%) to $7.42 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Banco Santander exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.32-$7.49 after having opened the day at $7.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.58.

Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate and individual customers in Chile. Banco Santander has a market cap of $76.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Banco Santander a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Banco Santander as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and deteriorating net income. Get the full Banco Santander Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Deutsche Bank ( DB) is down $2.10 (-4.6%) to $43.63 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.9 million 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 $42.97-$43.95 after having opened the day at $43.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.73.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $42.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, 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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2. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is down $1.48 (-1.4%) to $102.40 on heavy volume Thus far, 866,743 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 829,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.18-$104.30 after having opened the day at $103.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.88.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 61.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources ( BEN) is down $1.63 (-1.2%) to $139.62 on average volume Thus far, 440,135 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 746,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $138.96-$140.94 after having opened the day at $140.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $141.25.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $30.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Franklin Resources a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franklin Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Franklin Resources 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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