5 Stocks Dragging In The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 15,991 as of Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,637 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Icahn ( IEP), down 8.9%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 2.9%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 1.3%, Charles Schwab ( SCHW), down 1.2% and SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 7.3%, E*Trade Financial ( ETFC), up 1.9%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 1.9%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.5% and Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.4%.

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

5. BB&T ( BBT) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, BB&T is down $0.26 (-0.7%) to $34.58 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.57-$34.86 after having opened the day at $34.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.84.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $24.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels 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 BB&T Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources ( BEN) is down $1.08 (-1.9%) to $54.62 on light volume. Thus far, 750,329 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.59-$55.54 after having opened the day at $55.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.70.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $34.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franklin Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Franklin Resources Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is down $0.37 (-0.6%) to $66.08 on light volume. Thus far, 478,410 shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.03-$66.35 after having opened the day at $66.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.45.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. Aflac has a market cap of $31.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Aflac Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CME Group ( CME) is down $1.48 (-1.8%) to $79.54 on average volume. Thus far, 709,933 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 $78.96-$80.95 after having opened the day at $80.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.03.

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 $26.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 59.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, U.S. Bancorp ( USB) is down $0.23 (-0.6%) to $39.51 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.47-$39.82 after having opened the day at $39.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.74.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. Its services include lending and depository services, cash management, capital market, and trust and investment management services. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $72.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates U.S. Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, 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 U.S. Bancorp 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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