3 Stocks Dragging In The Financial Sector

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 54 points (0.3%) at 16,185 as of Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,812 issues advancing vs. 1,117 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC), down 1.7%, Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 1.6%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 1.4%, Morgan Stanley ( MS), down 1.3% and ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), up 5.8%, HCP ( HCP), up 1.7%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.4%, Ventas ( VTR), up 1.4% and Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 1.4%.

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

3. Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Regions Financial Corporation is down $0.10 (-0.9%) to $10.28 on light volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.26-$10.36 after having opened the day at $10.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.37.

Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Business Services, Consumer Services, and Wealth Management. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Regions Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB) is down $0.13 (-0.6%) to $21.53 on average volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Fifth Third Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.45-$21.66 after having opened the day at $21.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.66.

GS met Jeff Taylor @ the NASP conference. Fifth Third Bancorp is a bank holding company that engages primarily in commercial, retail and trust banking, data processing services, investment advisory services and leasing activities. Fifth Third Bancorp has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Fifth Third Bancorp a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fifth Third Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase 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 Fifth Third Bancorp Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is down $0.86 (-1.1%) to $80.69 on light volume. Thus far, 762,117 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.67-$81.46 after having opened the day at $81.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.55.

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 $43.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full PNC Financial Services 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 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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