AVB, EQR, HCP, NLY And AGNC, Pushing Financial Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 15,464 as of Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,183 issues advancing vs. 1,800 declining with 78 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 2.4%, Ventas ( VTR), down 1.6%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 1.6%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 1.5% and Simon Property Group ( SPG), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the sector include CME Group ( CME), up 3.8%, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD), up 3.3%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 3.2%, Invesco ( IVZ), up 2.8% and Citigroup ( C), up 2.4%.

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

5. AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities is down $1.49 (-1.1%) to $130.28 on light volume. Thus far, 183,448 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 906,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $129.43-$131.91 after having opened the day at $131.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $131.77.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.64 (-1.2%) to $52.83 on light volume. Thus far, 598,687 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.54-$53.53 after having opened the day at $53.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.47.

Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.96 (-2.3%) to $41.25 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 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 $41.08-$42.11 after having opened the day at $42.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.21.

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 $19.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and notable return on equity. 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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2. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is down $0.27 (-2.3%) to $11.70 on average volume. Thus far, 7.0 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.62-$11.95 after having opened the day at $11.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.97.

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 $11.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 15.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is down $0.44 (-1.9%) to $22.89 on light volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.78-$23.34 after having opened the day at $23.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.33.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full American Capital Agency 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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