GGP, CB And TRV, 3 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 16,517 as of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,859 issues advancing vs. 1,154 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include PartnerRe ( PRE), down 3.1%, NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ), down 3.1%, Cincinnati Financial Corporation ( CINF), down 2.2%, CME Group ( CME), down 1.4% and Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 2.8%, Blackstone Group ( BX), up 2.1%, Deutsche Bank ( DB), up 2.1%, UBS ( UBS), up 2.0% and Equifax ( EFX), up 2.0%.

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

3. General Growth Properties ( GGP) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties is down $0.16 (-0.8%) to $21.84 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.76-$22.04 after having opened the day at $21.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.00.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year 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 General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Chubb ( CB) is down $0.87 (-1.0%) to $88.43 on average volume. Thus far, 574,666 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.31-$89.83 after having opened the day at $89.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.30.

The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Chubb has a market cap of $21.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Chubb a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chubb as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Chubb Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $0.67 (-0.8%) to $84.43 on average volume. Thus far, 985,649 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.33-$85.24 after having opened the day at $85.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.10.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the United States. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $29.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Travelers Companies 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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