MTU, RBS, LYG And MET, 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 14 points (0.1%) at 16,024 as of Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,437 issues advancing vs. 1,443 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), down 12.2%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 1.7%, HCP ( HCP), down 1.5%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.4% and Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Fortress Investment Group ( FIG), up 7.1%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 3.1%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 3.1%, Apollo Global Management ( APO), up 3.0% and Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN), up 2.3%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is down $0.12 (-1.8%) to $6.54 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.51-$6.55 after having opened the day at $6.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.66.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. The company also engages in the wholesale and retail securities businesses. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has a market cap of $93.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS) is down $0.07 (-0.7%) to $10.66 on light volume. Thus far, 247,156 shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.64-$10.72 after having opened the day at $10.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.73.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services to personal, commercial, corporate, and institutional customers worldwide. Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The has a market cap of $32.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG) is down $0.06 (-1.1%) to $4.86 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Lloyds Banking Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.84-$4.96 after having opened the day at $4.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.91.

Lloyds Banking Group plc provides banking and financial services to personal, commercial, and corporate customers in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company operates in four divisions: Retail; Commercial Banking; Wealth, Asset Finance, and International; and Insurance. Lloyds Banking Group has a market cap of $86.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Lloyds Banking Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lloyds Banking Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Lloyds Banking Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.34 (-0.7%) to $52.60 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.56-$52.99 after having opened the day at $52.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.95.

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 $58.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 60.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full MetLife 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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