5 Stocks Dragging The Financial Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 42 points (-0.3%) at 15,487 as of Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 930 issues advancing vs. 1,976 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Charles Schwab ( SCHW), down 2.6%, UBS ( UBS), down 1.6%, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS), down 1.0%, Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC), down 0.9% and Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD), down 0.5%.

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

5. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation is down $0.41 (-1.5%) to $27.64 on light volume. Thus far, 400,817 shares of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.62-$28.07 after having opened the day at $28.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.05.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage services and technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 64.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $1.18 (-1.9%) to $61.71 on light volume. Thus far, 514,639 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.43-$63.06 after having opened the day at $62.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.89.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.45 (-1.1%) to $41.31 on light volume. Thus far, 499,731 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.20-$41.93 after having opened the day at $41.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.76.

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 $19.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 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, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $2.20 (-1.4%) to $149.23 on light volume. Thus far, 457,306 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $148.39-$151.42 after having opened the day at $151.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $151.43.

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 $47.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Simon Property Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.70 (-0.9%) to $73.22 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.76-$74.00 after having opened the day at $74.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.92.

American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $29.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 American Tower Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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