3 Stocks Pushing The Financial Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 37 points (-0.2%) at 16,809 as of Friday, June 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,843 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.7%, UBS ( UBS), down 0.7%, Prudential Financial ( PRU), down 0.6% and Lloyds Banking Group ( LYG), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Apollo Global Management ( APO), up 2.5%, Liberty Property ( LPT), up 1.6%, CIT Group ( CIT), up 1.4%, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), up 1.3% and Public Storage ( PSA), up 1.2%.

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

3. National Bank of Greece ( NBG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, National Bank of Greece is down $0.12 (-3.1%) to $3.62 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of National Bank of Greece exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.60-$3.69 after having opened the day at $3.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.73.

National Bank of Greece S.A., together with its subsidiaries, offers diversified financial services primarily in Greece. The company is involved in retail and commercial banking, investment management, investment banking, insurance, investment activities, and securities trading activities. National Bank of Greece has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 33.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate National Bank of Greece a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Bank of Greece 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 National Bank of Greece Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $0.55 (-0.6%) to $93.86 on light volume. Thus far, 673,681 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.72-$94.90 after having opened the day at $94.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.41.

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 $33.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 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, increase in stock price during the past year 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. Get the full Travelers Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.49 (-0.9%) to $55.20 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.16-$55.75 after having opened the day at $55.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.69.

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 $62.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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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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