5 Stocks Dragging The Financial Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 65 points (-0.4%) at 16,380 as of Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,832 issues advancing vs. 1,123 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Banco De Chile ( BCH), down 4.4%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 2.8%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 2.3%, KB Financial Group ( KB), down 1.7% and Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC), down 1.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Ventas ( VTR), up 3.3%, HCP ( HCP), up 2.2%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 2.1%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 1.7% and General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.4%.

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

5. Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Banco Santander Chile is down $0.36 (-1.6%) to $21.99 on average volume. Thus far, 129,977 shares of Banco Santander Chile exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 271,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.96-$22.31 after having opened the day at $22.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.35.

Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking services in Chile. It operates through two segments, Commercial Banking, and Global Banking and Markets. Banco Santander Chile has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 0.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Banco Santander Chile a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Banco Santander Chile as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Banco Santander Chile Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Aegon ( AEG) is down $0.17 (-1.8%) to $9.26 on average volume. Thus far, 556,146 shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 959,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.19-$9.34 after having opened the day at $9.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.43.

AEGON N.V. provides life insurance, pension, and asset management products and services. Aegon has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Aegon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aegon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 Aegon Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS) is down $0.16 (-1.3%) to $11.80 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 977,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.78-$11.86 after having opened the day at $11.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.96.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services to personal, commercial, corporate, and institutional customers worldwide. Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The has a market cap of $36.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A) is down $911.00 (-0.5%) to $172,054.00 on light volume. Thus far, 87 shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $172,005.00-$173,600.00 after having opened the day at $173,600.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $172,965.00.

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. Through its subsidiaries, the firm primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway has a market cap of $149.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 199.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Berkshire Hathaway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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 Berkshire Hathaway Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $1.03 (-1.1%) to $90.20 on light volume. Thus far, 687,982 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.84-$91.19 after having opened the day at $90.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.23.

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 $41.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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.

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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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