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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4. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.77 (-1.4%) to $56.00 on light volume. Thus far, 517,903 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.93-$57.17 after having opened the day at $56.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.77.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 77.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.60 (-1.6%) to $36.76 on light volume. Thus far, 509,897 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.76-$37.48 after having opened the day at $37.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.37.

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 $17.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate 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, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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, CME Group ( CME) is down $0.33 (-0.4%) to $81.98 on light volume. Thus far, 166,968 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.79-$82.45 after having opened the day at $82.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.31.

CME Group Inc. operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX COMEX, and KCBT futures exchanges worldwide. It operates CBOT exchange, a marketplace for trading agricultural and the U.S. CME Group has a market cap of $27.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 62.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CME Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full CME Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.59 (-0.8%) to $77.78 on light volume. Thus far, 318,278 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.65-$78.88 after having opened the day at $78.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.37.

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 $30.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full American Tower 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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