3 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 37 points (0.2%) at 16,217 as of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,992 issues advancing vs. 910 declining with 172 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 CoreLogic ( CLGX), down 5.0%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 2.9%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 2.2%, Orix Corporation ( IX), down 1.4% and MetLife ( MET), down 1.4%. Top gainers within the sector include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 4.6%, Glacier Bancorp ( GBCI), up 4.0%, Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE), up 3.5%, AmTrust Financial Services ( AFSI), up 3.4% and Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 2.9%.

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

3. Aon plc ( AON) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Aon plc is down $0.71 (-0.8%) to $85.45 on average volume. Thus far, 629,473 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.33-$86.33 after having opened the day at $86.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.16.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon plc has a market cap of $26.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Aon plc Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CME Group ( CME) is down $0.84 (-1.1%) to $72.42 on average volume. Thus far, 858,194 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.86-$73.57 after having opened the day at $73.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.26.

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 $24.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is down $0.27 (-0.6%) to $48.74 on average volume. Thus far, 5.6 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.28-$49.01 after having opened the day at $48.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.01.

American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments: AIG Property Casualty, and AIG Life and Retirement. American International Group has a market cap of $72.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that revenues have generally been declining. Get the full American International 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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