5 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 15,449 as of Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 771 issues advancing vs. 2,156 declining with 142 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 Axis Capital Holdings ( AXS), down 5.1%, CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), down 4.2%, LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), down 3.9%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 3.9% and Icahn ( IEP), down 3.5%. Top gainers within the sector include National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), up 30.8%, Radian Group ( RDN), up 3.9%, Genworth Financial ( GNW), up 3.4%, ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 2.5% and Assured Guaranty ( AGO), up 2.1%.

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

5. T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, T. Rowe Price Group is down $0.51 (-0.7%) to $77.17 on average volume. Thus far, 559,949 shares of T. Rowe Price Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.29-$77.86 after having opened the day at $77.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.68.

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 $19.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7.3% 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 robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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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4. As of noon trading, Invesco ( IVZ) is down $0.52 (-1.6%) to $31.94 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.78-$32.45 after having opened the day at $32.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.46.

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 $14.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 10.8% 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Invesco Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources ( BEN) is down $0.49 (-1.0%) to $50.33 on light volume. Thus far, 400,585 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.92-$50.73 after having opened the day at $50.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.82.

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 $31.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 12.0% 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. 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 Franklin Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Blackstone Group ( BX) is down $0.41 (-1.3%) to $31.51 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.02-$32.12 after having opened the day at $31.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.92.

The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Blackstone Group has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Blackstone Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Blackstone Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 Blackstone Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Discover Financial Services ( DFS) is down $0.27 (-0.5%) to $51.97 on light volume. Thus far, 747,940 shares of Discover Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.63-$52.28 after having opened the day at $52.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.24.

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, provides direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. Discover Financial Services has a market cap of $24.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Discover Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discover Financial Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full Discover Financial Services 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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