4 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 72 points (0.5%) at 14,749 as of Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,049 issues advancing vs. 833 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Banco Santander ( SAN), down 1.77, and Orix Corporation ( IX), down 0.58. Top gainers within the sector include CoreLogic ( CLGX), up 12.2%, American Tower ( AMT), up 3.9%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 3.6%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 2.8% and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 2.6%.

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

4. Raymond James Financial ( RJF) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Raymond James Financial is down $3.11 (-7.0%) to $41.53 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Raymond James Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 706,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.11-$42.74 after having opened the day at $41.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.64.

Raymond James Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the underwriting, distribution, trading, and brokerage of equity and debt securities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Raymond James Financial has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Raymond James Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income 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 Raymond James Financial Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW) is down $1.26 (-1.7%) to $71.49 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of T. Rowe Price Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.49-$73.04 after having opened the day at $72.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.75.

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm primarily provides its services to individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. T. Rowe Price Group has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates T. Rowe Price Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 T. Rowe Price Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is down $1.11 (-2.6%) to $41.57 on heavy volume Thus far, 12.1 million shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.49-$41.70 after having opened the day at $41.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.68.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $0.61 (-0.7%) to $85.25 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.16-$86.00 after having opened the day at $85.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.86.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $32.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Travelers Companies 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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