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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4. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $1.73 (-2.6%) to $63.85 on light volume. Thus far, 651,168 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.85-$65.68 after having opened the day at $65.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.58.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $3.11 (-1.9%) to $158.61 on light volume. Thus far, 490,434 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.61-$162.77 after having opened the day at $162.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $161.72.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $50.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Simon Property Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is down $0.94 (-1.2%) to $74.25 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.0 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.47-$75.86 after having opened the day at $75.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.19.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $82.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 30.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. 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 American Express Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is down $10.84 (-5.7%) to $180.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 11.1 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $170.99-$194.90 after having opened the day at $193.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $191.44.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $98.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 26.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Visa 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).

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