3 Stocks Dragging The Financial Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 16,918 as of Monday, June 23, 2014, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,480 issues advancing vs. 1,509 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Altisource Asset Management ( AAMC), down 22.2%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 2.7%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 2.6%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 2.3% and Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 1.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Corpbanca ( BCA), up 3.6%, NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ), up 2.3%, HDFC Bank ( HDB), up 1.4%, Citigroup ( C), up 1.4% and Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), up 0.8%.

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

3. Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Altisource Residential Corporation is down $2.99 (-10.5%) to $25.52 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Altisource Residential Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 525,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.39-$27.35 after having opened the day at $27.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.51.

Altisource Residential Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Altisource Residential, L.P., focuses on acquiring, owning, and managing single-family rental properties in the United States. Altisource Residential Corporation has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Altisource Residential Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Residential Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Altisource Residential Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC) is down $0.14 (-0.7%) to $19.72 on light volume. Thus far, 485,714 shares of Manulife Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.66-$19.86 after having opened the day at $19.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.86.

Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection and wealth management products and services to individual, corporate, and business customers primarily in Asia, Canada, and the United States. The company operates through Asia, Canadian, and U.S. Manulife Financial Corporation has a market cap of $36.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Manulife Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Manulife Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Manulife Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lincoln National ( LNC) is down $0.58 (-1.1%) to $52.03 on light volume. Thus far, 485,059 shares of Lincoln National exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.90-$52.60 after having opened the day at $52.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.61.

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. The company operates in Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance, and Group Protection segments. Lincoln National has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Lincoln National a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Lincoln National 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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