5 Stocks Dragging The Financial Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 47 points (-0.3%) at 15,521 as of Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 716 issues advancing vs. 2,228 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW), down 5.3%, Ventas ( VTR), down 3.3%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 3.0%, HCP ( HCP), down 2.7% and HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 2.2%.

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

5. Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management is down $0.32 (-2.6%) to $11.70 on average volume. Thus far, 8.4 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.60-$11.96 after having opened the day at $11.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.01.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments in United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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