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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