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 11 points (0.1%) at 16,218 as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Apollo Investment ( AINV), down 6.0%, Prospect Capital Corporation ( PSEC), down 2.7%, American Tower ( AMT), down 2.4%, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC), down 1.2% and HDFC Bank ( HDB), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 5.6%, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), up 1.9%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.3%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.2% and Arch Capital Group ( ACGL), up 1.2%.

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

3. PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, PNC Financial Services Group is down $0.59 (-0.7%) to $80.75 on light volume. Thus far, 604,635 shares of PNC Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.28-$81.34 after having opened the day at $81.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.34.

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 $42.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 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 PNC Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $0.46 (-0.5%) to $84.50 on light volume. Thus far, 800,047 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.89-$84.91 after having opened the day at $84.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.96.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $38.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.27 (-0.5%) to $50.60 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.28-$50.84 after having opened the day at $50.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.87.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. MetLife has a market cap of $56.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full MetLife 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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