3 Stocks Pulling The Financial Services Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 74 points (-0.4%) at 17,027 as of Monday, July 21, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 889 issues advancing vs. 2,085 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include EZCorp ( EZPW), down 11.5%, WisdomTree Investments ( WETF), down 4.4%, Legg Mason ( LM), down 1.4%, E*Trade Financial ( ETFC), down 1.1% and Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.1%.

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

3. Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab is down $0.21 (-0.8%) to $27.60 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.48-$27.76 after having opened the day at $27.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.81.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $35.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Charles Schwab Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is down $0.76 (-0.8%) to $92.77 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.38-$93.40 after having opened the day at $93.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.53.

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 $100.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, MasterCard ( MA) is down $0.40 (-0.5%) to $77.10 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.59-$77.33 after having opened the day at $77.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.50.

MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. MasterCard has a market cap of $88.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate MasterCard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full MasterCard 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 services industry could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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