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 91 points (-0.6%) at 15,838 as of Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 929 issues advancing vs. 2,026 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Corpbanca ( BCA), down 14.2%, UMB Financial Corporation ( UMBF), down 4.8%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 4.2%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 2.2% and Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC), down 2.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 2.6%, KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.5% and SLM ( SLM), up 1.9%.

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

5. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor is down $0.45 (-0.9%) to $47.37 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.51-$47.42 after having opened the day at $47.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.82.

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. The company operates in Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance, and Group Protection segments. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor has a market cap of $12.4 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 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National Corp (Radnor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity 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 Lincoln National Corp (Radnor Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW) is down $1.55 (-1.9%) to $79.15 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of T. Rowe Price Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.76-$80.66 after having opened the day at $80.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.70.

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm primarily provides its services to individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. T. Rowe Price Group has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate T. Rowe Price Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates T. Rowe Price Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full T. Rowe Price Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Invesco ( IVZ) is down $0.34 (-1.0%) to $33.09 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.69-$33.32 after having opened the day at $32.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.43.

Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. It primarily provides its services to institutional clients including major public entities, corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, endowments, foundations, pension funds, and financial institutions. Invesco has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Invesco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Invesco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Invesco Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources ( BEN) is down $0.36 (-0.7%) to $53.33 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.35-$53.83 after having opened the day at $52.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.69.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $33.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franklin Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Franklin Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $1.61 (-1.1%) to $150.44 on light volume. Thus far, 495,773 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $150.10-$152.18 after having opened the day at $151.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.05.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $47.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.8, above 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 17 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 4 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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