Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 27 points (-0.2%) at 15,858 as of Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 997 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 153 unchanged. The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Rayonier ( RYN), down 3.3%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 3.2%, KKR ( KKR), down 2.8%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 2.6% and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.9%. Top gainers within the sector include Visa ( V), up 1.9%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.8%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 1.0%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.8% and Blackstone Group ( BX), up 0.6%. TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today: 5. Prudential Financial ( PRU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial is down $0.94 (-1.1%) to $87.74 on light volume. Thus far, 514,509 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.65-$88.78 after having opened the day at $88.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.68. Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $40.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 66.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.