5 Stocks Dragging In The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 49 points (0.3%) at 16,147 as of Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,869 issues advancing vs. 987 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.9%, UDR ( UDR), down 2.0%, Boston Properties ( BXP), down 1.5%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 1.5% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 1.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Corpbanca ( BCA), up 11.8%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 2.5%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), up 3.0%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 3.0% and NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ), up 2.4%.

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

5. Public Storage ( PSA) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Public Storage is down $1.27 (-0.8%) to $152.92 on light volume. Thus far, 84,432 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 604,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $152.86-$155.03 after having opened the day at $154.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.19.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $26.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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

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