5 Stocks Dragging In The Financial Sector

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 5 points (0.0%) at 16,485 as of Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,370 issues advancing vs. 1,569 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Zillow ( Z), down 3.5%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 1.8%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 1.7%, Boston Properties ( BXP), down 1.1% and Kimco Realty ( KIM), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.5%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), up 1.3%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.0%, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC), up 1.0% and UBS ( UBS), up 0.9%.

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

5. Loews Corporation ( L) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Loews Corporation is down $0.47 (-1.0%) to $47.56 on light volume. Thus far, 180,173 shares of Loews Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 776,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.44-$47.97 after having opened the day at $47.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.03.

Loews Corporation operates primarily as a commercial property and casualty insurance company. The company operates in four segments: CNA Specialty, CNA Commercial, Life & Group Non-Core, and Other. Loews Corporation has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Loews Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, KKR ( KKR) is down $0.22 (-0.9%) to $24.22 on light volume. Thus far, 347,916 shares of KKR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.12-$24.54 after having opened the day at $24.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.43.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. is a private equity investment firm specializing in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, special situations, growth equity, mature, and middle market investments. KKR has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 60.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate KKR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KKR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full KKR Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Macerich Company ( MAC) is down $0.63 (-1.1%) to $58.81 on light volume. Thus far, 103,265 shares of Macerich Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 946,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.75-$59.35 after having opened the day at $59.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.44.

The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich Company has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Macerich Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels, 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 Macerich Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Northern Trust Corporation ( NTRS) is down $0.32 (-0.5%) to $61.39 on light volume. Thus far, 335,875 shares of Northern Trust Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.18-$61.67 after having opened the day at $61.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.71.

Northern Trust Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary, and banking solutions worldwide. Northern Trust Corporation has a market cap of $14.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 23.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Northern Trust Corporation a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northern Trust Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Northern Trust Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CME Group ( CME) is down $0.85 (-1.1%) to $79.03 on light volume. Thus far, 457,420 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 $79.03-$80.21 after having opened the day at $80.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.88.

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. Shares are up 57.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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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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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