3 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Lower

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The Financial sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Laggards within the Financial sector included Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), down 5.2%, Rand Capital ( RAND), down 2.3%, First Capital Bancorp ( FCVA), down 2.1%, Fauquier Bankshares ( FBSS), down 3.3% and HMG/Courtland Properties ( HMG), down 3.3%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the sector lower today:

Aegon ( AEG) is one of the companies that pushed the Financial sector lower today. Aegon was down $0.20 (2.2%) to $8.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,310,642 shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,165,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.70-$8.88 after having opened the day at $8.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.90.

Aegon N.V. provides life insurance, pension, and asset management products and services. Aegon has a market cap of $22.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Aegon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Aegon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AEG go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 30.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, AEG's share price has jumped by 36.25%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • AEGON NV's earnings per share declined by 50.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AEGON NV reported lower earnings of $0.43 versus $0.89 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.75 versus $0.43).
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.58, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Insurance industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, AEGON NV underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Aegon Ratings Report

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At the close, Fauquier Bankshares ( FBSS) was down $0.50 (3.3%) to $14.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 300 shares of Fauquier Bankshares exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.50-$14.50 after having opened the day at $14.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.00.

Fauquier Bankshares, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for The Fauquier Bank that provides various consumer and commercial banking services to individual, business, and industries in Virginia. Fauquier Bankshares has a market cap of $56.1 million and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Fauquier Bankshares 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, increase in net income and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FBSS go as follows:

  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 25.81% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • FAUQUIER BANKSHARES INC's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, FAUQUIER BANKSHARES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.16 versus $0.56 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Commercial Banks industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 3.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $0.96 million to $0.99 million.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, FAUQUIER BANKSHARES INC has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Fauquier Bankshares Ratings Report

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First Capital Bancorp ( FCVA) was another company that pushed the Financial sector lower today. First Capital Bancorp was down $0.09 (2.1%) to $4.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,338 shares of First Capital Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.27-$4.46 after having opened the day at $4.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.36.

First Capital Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for First Capital Bank that offers various banking and related financial services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, and individuals in Richmond, Virginia metropolitan area. First Capital Bancorp has a market cap of $55.2 million and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Capital Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FCVA go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 38.38% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, FCVA should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • FIRST CAPITAL BANCORP INC/VA has improved earnings per share by 20.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, FIRST CAPITAL BANCORP INC/VA turned its bottom line around by earning $0.25 versus -$0.84 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.26 versus $0.25).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Commercial Banks industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 22.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $0.80 million to $0.98 million.
  • The gross profit margin for FIRST CAPITAL BANCORP INC/VA is currently very high, coming in at 84.33%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 15.29% is above that of the industry average.

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