HCP, HCN, SPG, AXP And V, 5 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 27 points (0.2%) at 15,548 as of Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,364 issues advancing vs. 1,544 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 7.1%, Boston Properties ( BXP), down 4.2%, Equity Residential ( EQR), down 4.0%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 3.7% and Ventas ( VTR), down 3.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Aegon ( AEG), up 2.1%, Aflac ( AFL), up 1.9%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 1.8%, State Street ( STT), up 1.5% and MetLife ( MET), up 1.5%.

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

5. HCP ( HCP) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, HCP is down $1.32 (-3.0%) to $43.35 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.29-$45.10 after having opened the day at $44.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.67.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $20.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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