3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 72 points (0.4%) at 16,112 as of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,810 issues advancing vs. 1,095 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Employers Holdings ( EIG), down 19.4%, AllianceBernstein Holding L.P ( AB), down 4.4%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 4.3%, Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN), down 4.1% and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 3.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Allstate ( ALL), up 3.0%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.6%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.9%, Blackstone Group ( BX), up 0.9% and Morgan Stanley ( MS), up 0.8%.

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

3. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is down $0.13 (-2.2%) to $5.90 on light volume. Thus far, 234,257 shares of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.90-$5.95 after having opened the day at $5.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.03.

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 $86.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, HDFC Bank ( HDB) is down $0.27 (-0.8%) to $33.10 on light volume. Thus far, 143,605 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 947,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.00-$33.53 after having opened the day at $33.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.37.

2012 comments from William Strong HDFC has been in the mortgage origination business for a long time. It is a very successful company and generates 20%-plus returns on equity. HDFC Bank has a market cap of $26.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HDFC Bank as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and premium valuation. Get the full HDFC Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.B) is down $0.65 (-0.6%) to $112.71 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.30-$113.49 after having opened the day at $113.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.36.

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. Through its subsidiaries, the firm primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway has a market cap of $134.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Berkshire Hathaway 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Berkshire Hathaway 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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