FNF, ALL, ACE, AFL And AON, 5 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 39 points (-0.2%) at 16,431 as of Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,317 issues advancing vs. 1,618 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 4.5%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 2.8%, KB Financial Group ( KB), down 2.4%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.4% and Progressive Corporation ( PGR), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Regions Financial Corporation ( RF), up 2.2%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.7%, SunTrust Banks ( STI), up 1.5%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), up 1.3% and HCP ( HCP), up 1.2%.

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

5. Fidelity National Financial ( FNF) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Fidelity National Financial is down $0.53 (-1.6%) to $31.89 on light volume. Thus far, 912,868 shares of Fidelity National Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.86-$32.64 after having opened the day at $32.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.42.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. provides title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services in the United States. Fidelity National Financial has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Fidelity National Financial Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Allstate ( ALL) is down $0.39 (-0.7%) to $52.94 on light volume. Thus far, 777,968 shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.90-$53.68 after having opened the day at $53.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.33.

The Allstate Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of personal property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and retirement and investment products primarily in the United States. Allstate has a market cap of $24.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Allstate a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Allstate 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Allstate Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is down $0.60 (-0.6%) to $100.84 on average volume. Thus far, 495,585 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.74-$102.52 after having opened the day at $102.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.44.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $34.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full ACE Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is down $1.72 (-2.6%) to $64.43 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.32-$66.28 after having opened the day at $66.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.15.

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 $30.7 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 down 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, Aon plc ( AON) is down $0.72 (-0.9%) to $81.88 on light volume. Thus far, 356,723 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.78-$83.21 after having opened the day at $83.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.60.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon plc has a market cap of $24.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Aon plc 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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