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 34 points (0.2%) at 16,585 as of Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,493 issues advancing vs. 1,448 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Hospitality Properties ( HPT), down 5.4%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.5%, Sun Life Financial ( SLF), down 1.4%, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), down 1.3% and Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 2.7%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 2.0%, KKR ( KKR), up 2.0%, Franklin Resources ( BEN), up 1.5% and Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 1.3%.

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

3. UBS ( UBS) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, UBS is down $0.21 (-1.0%) to $20.57 on light volume. Thus far, 652,068 shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.49-$20.61 after having opened the day at $20.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.78.

UBS AG, a financial services firm, provides retail, wealth management, corporate and institutional banking, asset management, and investment banking products and services worldwide. The company's Wealth Management division provides financial services to high net worth individuals. UBS has a market cap of $80.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full UBS Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Loews ( L) is down $0.40 (-0.9%) to $43.26 on average volume. Thus far, 595,201 shares of Loews exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.15-$43.68 after having opened the day at $43.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.66.

Loews Corporation operates primarily as a commercial property and casualty insurance company. Loews has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Loews a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Loews as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Loews Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Deutsche Bank ( DB) is down $0.46 (-1.1%) to $42.41 on average volume. Thus far, 935,142 shares of Deutsche Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.31-$42.66 after having opened the day at $42.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.87.

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services worldwide. Its Corporate Banking & Securities division is engaged in selling, trading, and structuring a range of fixed income, equity, equity-linked, foreign exchange, and commodities products. Deutsche Bank has a market cap of $43.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Deutsche Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deutsche Bank as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Deutsche Bank 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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