3 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 42 points (0.3%) at 14,338 as of Thursday, March 7, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,674 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 2.6%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 2.3%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.8%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.6% and American Express ( AXP), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 3.4%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 1.8%, SunTrust Banks ( STI), up 1.8%, BB&T ( BBT), up 1.7% and Prudential Financial ( PRU), up 1.4%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. 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 (-1.7%) to $5.69 on heavy volume Thus far, 12.0 million shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.64-$5.73 after having opened the day at $5.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.79.

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 $81.1 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 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year, 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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2. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is down $2.49 (-6.1%) to $38.57 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.28-$41.58 after having opened the day at $41.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.06.

National Semiconductor Corporation, a semiconductor company, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and sub-systems. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is down $0.26 (-1.3%) to $19.88 on average volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.79-$20.10 after having opened the day at $19.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.14.

General Growth Properties, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Other, and Master Planned Communities. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties 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 revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full General Growth Properties 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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