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 down 18 points (-0.1%) at 15,776 as of Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,409 issues advancing vs. 1,532 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Mercury General Corporation ( MCY), down 5.4%, Loews Corporation ( L), down 4.2%, Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 3.6%, KB Financial Group ( KB), down 2.7% and Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN), down 2.3%. Top gainers within the sector include CNA Financial ( CNA), up 6.1%, Invesco ( IVZ), up 4.0%, Franklin Resources ( BEN), up 1.6%, American Express ( AXP), up 1.7% and AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), up 0.8%.

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

5. SunTrust Banks ( STI) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, SunTrust Banks is down $0.48 (-1.3%) to $37.56 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of SunTrust Banks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.49-$38.07 after having opened the day at $37.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.05.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. operates as the holding company for SunTrust Bank that provides various financial services in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, and Mortgage Banking. SunTrust Banks has a market cap of $20.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate SunTrust Banks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SunTrust Banks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full SunTrust Banks Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is down $0.20 (-0.5%) to $37.10 on light volume. Thus far, 530,837 shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.06-$37.41 after having opened the day at $37.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.29.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $26.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full BB&T Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $0.57 (-0.7%) to $82.84 on light volume. Thus far, 737,070 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.28-$83.67 after having opened the day at $83.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.41.

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 $37.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its 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 Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is down $0.48 (-0.6%) to $79.41 on light volume. Thus far, 548,272 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.28-$80.37 after having opened the day at $80.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.89.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company's Retail Banking segment provides deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $42.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.57 (-1.2%) to $48.54 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.32-$49.13 after having opened the day at $49.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.11.

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 $54.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 8.9% 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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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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