4 Stocks Pulling The 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 56 points (-0.3%) at 15,939 as of Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,598 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Willis Group Holdings ( WSH), down 3.2%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.7%, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), down 1.5%, SunTrust Banks ( STI), down 1.3% and Travelers Companies ( TRV), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), up 9.2%, AllianceBernstein Holding L.P ( AB), up 4.1%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 3.9%, Zillow ( Z), up 3.1% and Protective Life ( PL), up 3.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. CNA Financial ( CNA) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, CNA Financial is down $0.35 (-0.8%) to $42.17 on heavy volume. Thus far, 89,129 shares of CNA Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 102,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.06-$42.59 after having opened the day at $42.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.52.

CNA Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of property and casualty insurance products and services to small, middle market, and large businesses and organizations in the United States and internationally. CNA Financial has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate CNA Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CNA Financial 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, 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 CNA Financial Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU) is down $0.05 (-0.8%) to $5.95 on light volume. Thus far, 246,892 shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.95-$5.99 after having opened the day at $5.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.00.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. The company also engages in the wholesale and retail securities businesses. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has a market cap of $83.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, XL Group ( XL) is down $0.38 (-1.3%) to $28.94 on average volume. Thus far, 858,218 shares of XL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.90-$29.15 after having opened the day at $29.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.32.

XL GROUP Public Limited Company, through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and reinsurance coverages to industrial, commercial, and professional firms, as well as insurance companies and other enterprises worldwide. XL Group has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate XL Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates XL Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full XL Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chubb ( CB) is down $0.66 (-0.8%) to $84.99 on average volume. Thus far, 662,000 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.75-$85.53 after having opened the day at $84.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.65.

The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Chubb has a market cap of $21.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Chubb a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chubb 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, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income 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 Chubb 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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