3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Financial Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 110 points (-0.7%) at 16,401 as of Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 820 issues advancing vs. 2,151 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Orix ( IX), down 3.3%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 2.5%, Affiliated Managers Group ( AMG), down 2.3%, CME Group ( CME), down 1.8% and Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), down 1.7%. Top gainers within the sector include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 14.1%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 1.6%, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), up 0.9%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), up 0.9% and Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), up 0.6%.

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

3. MetLife ( MET) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, MetLife is down $0.41 (-0.8%) to $49.51 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.36-$49.95 after having opened the day at $49.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.92.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $55.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 7.4% 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full MetLife Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is down $0.67 (-0.8%) to $87.45 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.18-$88.05 after having opened the day at $87.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.12.

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S. American Express has a market cap of $92.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full American Express Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is down $2.07 (-1.0%) to $208.29 on light volume. Thus far, 787,287 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $208.10-$210.32 after having opened the day at $210.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $210.36.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $104.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Visa 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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