3 Stocks Pushing The Financial Services Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,140 as of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 873 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Greenhill ( GHL), up 8.4%, Fortress Investment Group ( FIG), up 4.0%, AllianceBernstein Holding L.P ( AB), up 4.0%, WisdomTree Investments ( WETF), up 3.5% and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 3.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. CIT Group ( CIT) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, CIT Group is down $0.20 (-0.4%) to $47.66 on light volume. Thus far, 246,853 shares of CIT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.50-$48.09 after having opened the day at $47.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.86.

CIT Group Inc. operates as the holding company for CIT bank that provides commercial financing and leasing products, as well as deposit products and savings accounts. CIT Group has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate CIT Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CIT Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full CIT Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, State Street ( STT) is down $0.49 (-0.7%) to $68.32 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of State Street exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.92-$68.40 after having opened the day at $67.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.81.

State Street Corporation, a financial holding company, provides investment servicing and investment management services to institutional investors worldwide. State Street has a market cap of $30.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate State Street a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates State Street 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full State Street Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CME Group ( CME) is down $0.37 (-0.5%) to $76.74 on light volume. Thus far, 345,991 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.58-$77.41 after having opened the day at $77.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.11.

CME Group Inc. operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX COMEX, and KCBT futures exchanges worldwide. It operates CBOT exchange, a marketplace for trading agricultural and the U.S. CME Group has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CME Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 CME Group Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial services industry could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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