5 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 3 points (0.0%) at 15,545 as of Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 83 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Orix Corporation ( IX), down 3.2%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 2.2%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.9%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.8% and Aflac ( AFL), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the sector include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 10.8%, Visa ( V), up 4.5%, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD), up 2.3% and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 1.1%.

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

5. PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group is down $0.80 (-1.0%) to $76.30 on light volume. Thus far, 820,745 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.05-$76.96 after having opened the day at $76.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.10.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company's Retail Banking segment provides deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $40.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 32.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full PNC Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Capital One Financial ( COF) is down $0.54 (-0.8%) to $68.18 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.25-$68.48 after having opened the day at $68.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.72.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $40.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Capital One Financial Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.35 (-0.7%) to $48.72 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.42-$49.00 after having opened the day at $48.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.07.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. MetLife has a market cap of $54.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 49.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase 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 low profit margins. Get the full MetLife Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Morgan Stanley ( MS) is down $0.24 (-0.9%) to $27.49 on light volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.40-$27.72 after having opened the day at $27.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.73.

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $54.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 45.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, solid stock price performance 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 Morgan Stanley Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Citigroup ( C) is down $0.17 (-0.3%) to $52.02 on average volume. Thus far, 12.0 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.40-$52.05 after having opened the day at $51.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.19.

Citigroup, Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides a range of financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. Citigroup has a market cap of $160.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 33.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Citigroup 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).
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