5 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 20 points (0.1%) at 14,984 as of Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,794 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include DFC Global ( DLLR), down 26.4%, Regions Financial Corporation ( RF), down 1.4%, Franklin Resources ( BEN), down 1.3%, Aegon ( AEG), down 1.3% and SunTrust Banks ( STI), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 3.5%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 2.4%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.7%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 1.6% and Ventas ( VTR), up 1.5%.

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

5. BlackRock ( BLK) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, BlackRock is down $1.12 (-0.4%) to $266.94 on light volume. Thus far, 100,603 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 808,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $266.44-$270.25 after having opened the day at $269.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $268.06.

BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $44.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 27.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is down $0.14 (-0.4%) to $37.26 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.15-$37.61 after having opened the day at $37.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.40.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. Its services include lending and depository services, cash management, capital market, and trust and investment management services. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $67.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates U.S. Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase 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 U.S. Bancorp Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.25 (-0.5%) to $48.39 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.16-$48.74 after having opened the day at $48.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.64.

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 $52.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 47.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 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 solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. 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, American Express ( AXP) is down $0.53 (-0.7%) to $73.33 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.13-$74.00 after having opened the day at $73.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.86.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $79.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) is down $1.06 (-0.7%) to $158.35 on light volume. Thus far, 783,193 shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.00-$159.79 after having opened the day at $159.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.41.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $70.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 25.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Goldman Sachs Group 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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