5 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Financial Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Zillow ( Z), down 5.5%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 2.9%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 1.9%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.7% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Genworth Financial ( GNW), up 3.2%, NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ), up 3.2%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 2.5%, Blackstone Group ( BX), up 2.3% and Regions Financial Corporation ( RF), up 2.1%.

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 $0.19 (-0.6%) to $32.99 on light volume. Thus far, 250,150 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 977,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.91-$33.19 after having opened the day at $33.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.18.

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 $26.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate 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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4. As of noon trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) is down $0.54 (-0.6%) to $90.87 on light volume. Thus far, 132,762 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 357,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.81-$91.36 after having opened the day at $90.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.41.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial and banking services in North America and internationally. The company's Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking segment offers various financial products and services to personal and small business customers. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $84.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Toronto-Dominion Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toronto-Dominion Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Toronto-Dominion Bank Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, XL Group ( XL) is down $0.62 (-1.9%) to $31.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of XL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.68-$31.44 after having opened the day at $30.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.99.

XL GROUP Public Limited Company, through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and reinsurance coverages to industrial, commercial, and professional firms, as well as insurance companies and other enterprises worldwide. XL Group has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate XL Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates XL Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations 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 XL Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is down $0.21 (-1.0%) to $20.54 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.34-$20.65 after having opened the day at $20.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.75.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 139.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.65 (-1.1%) to $56.18 on light volume. Thus far, 445,965 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.00-$57.00 after having opened the day at $56.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.83.

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 $17.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ventas 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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