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 12 points (0.1%) at 15,069 as of Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,670 issues advancing vs. 1,254 declining with 121 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 Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.88, HCP ( HCP), down 1.71, Orix Corporation ( IX), down 1.53, Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 1.50 and Visa ( V), down 1.00. Top gainers within the sector include ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 3.8%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 2.3%, Citigroup ( C), up 2.2%, UBS ( UBS), up 2.0% and Bank of America Corporation ( BAC), up 1.7%.

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

4. Aegon ( AEG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Aegon is down $0.20 (-2.9%) to $6.64 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.51-$6.64 after having opened the day at $6.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.84.

Aegon N.V. provides life insurance, pension, and asset management products and services. Aegon has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aegon 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, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Aegon Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Deutsche Bank ( DB) is down $0.30 (-0.6%) to $48.49 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.15-$48.69 after having opened the day at $48.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.79.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $44.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 145.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Deutsche Bank Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $1.51 (-0.9%) to $165.38 on average volume Thus far, 256,725 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 625,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $165.32-$167.00 after having opened the day at $167.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $166.89.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $28.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage 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 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 Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.82 (-1.0%) to $79.83 on average volume Thus far, 692,718 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.61-$80.35 after having opened the day at $80.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.65.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $23.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 62.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ventas 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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