HDB, RY, STI, HIG And RF, 5 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 32 points (-0.2%) at 15,645 as of Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,343 issues advancing vs. 1,599 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 4.3%, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC), down 4.1%, Aegon ( AEG), down 3.9%, Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC), down 3.0% and MetLife ( MET), down 3.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Orix Corporation ( IX), up 2.8%, Aon plc ( AON), up 2.1%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 1.7%, Allstate ( ALL), up 1.7% and Travelers Companies ( TRV), up 1.6%.

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

5. HDFC Bank ( HDB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank is down $0.40 (-1.2%) to $34.19 on average volume. Thus far, 527,055 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.16-$35.30 after having opened the day at $35.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.59.

HDFC Bank Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services to individuals and businesses in India, as well as in Bahrain and Hong Kong. The company operates in four segments: Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, Treasury, and Other Banking Operations. HDFC Bank has a market cap of $25.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HDFC Bank as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full HDFC Bank Ratings Report now.

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