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 3 points (0.0%) at 16,165 as of Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,090 issues advancing vs. 1,843 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 3.7%, First Niagara Financial Group ( FNFG), down 3.6%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 3.2%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 3.0% and HCP ( HCP), down 2.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Corpbanca ( BCA), up 4.5%, Aegon ( AEG), up 2.5%, Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC), up 1.1%, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD), up 0.9% and SunTrust Banks ( STI), up 0.9%.

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

5. Prologis ( PLD) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Prologis is down $0.57 (-1.5%) to $36.59 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.19-$37.08 after having opened the day at $36.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.16.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $1.39 (-2.4%) to $56.37 on average volume. Thus far, 909,318 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.88-$57.39 after having opened the day at $57.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.76.

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 $16.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $1.61 (-3.0%) to $53.05 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million 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 $52.56-$54.26 after having opened the day at $54.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.66.

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 $15.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 73.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.8% 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 8 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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2. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is down $0.50 (-0.8%) to $66.09 on light volume. Thus far, 695,235 shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.97-$66.40 after having opened the day at $66.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.59.

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 $30.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $1.38 (-0.9%) to $153.69 on average volume. Thus far, 535,555 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $152.75-$154.97 after having opened the day at $154.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.07.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $47.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Simon Property Group 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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