ACE, TRV, MET, GS And AIG, Pushing Financial Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.8%) at 16,333 as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,234 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Deutsche Bank ( DB), down 2.5%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.1%, Aegon ( AEG), down 2.2%, ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 1.7% and SLM ( SLM), down 1.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Signature Bank ( SBNY), up 11.7%, Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT), up 11.0%, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD), up 4.0%, Zions ( ZION), up 3.6% and Regions Financial Corporation ( RF), up 2.5%.

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

5. ACE ( ACE) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, ACE is down $0.94 (-1.0%) to $96.16 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.08-$97.56 after having opened the day at $97.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.10.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $33.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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4. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $2.30 (-2.7%) to $84.17 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.66-$86.27 after having opened the day at $86.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.47.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $31.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.27 (-0.5%) to $52.69 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.65-$53.46 after having opened the day at $53.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.96.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. MetLife has a market cap of $59.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full MetLife Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) is down $3.90 (-2.2%) to $172.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $172.18-$175.59 after having opened the day at $175.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $176.28.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $79.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock performance, considering both the consistency and magnitude of the price movement over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Goldman Sachs Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is down $0.41 (-0.8%) to $50.48 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.40-$51.42 after having opened the day at $51.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.89.

American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments: AIG Property Casualty, and AIG Life and Retirement. American International Group has a market cap of $74.9 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 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full American International 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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