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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 17,094 as of Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,609 issues advancing vs. 1,334 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Macerich ( MAC), down 2.6%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 2.3%, Realty Income ( O), down 1.7%, Blackstone Group ( BX), down 1.0% and MasterCard ( MA), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 10.0%, Raymond James Financial ( RJF), up 3.8%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 3.3%, Lazard ( LAZ), up 2.9% and NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ), up 2.8%.

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

3. Everest Re Group ( RE) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Everest Re Group is down $3.58 (-2.2%) to $161.64 on heavy volume. Thus far, 358,091 shares of Everest Re Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 321,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $160.26-$163.54 after having opened the day at $161.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $165.22.

Everest Re Group, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides reinsurance and insurance products. It operates through the U.S. Reinsurance, Insurance, International, Bermuda, and Mt. Logan Re segments. The U.S. Everest Re Group has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Everest Re Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Everest Re Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Everest Re Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, KKR ( KKR) is down $0.53 (-2.1%) to $24.79 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of KKR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.52-$25.38 after having opened the day at $25.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.32.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. is a private equity investment firm specializing in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, special situations, growth equity, mature, mezzanine, distressed, and middle market investments. KKR has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate KKR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KKR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full KKR Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW) is down $1.80 (-2.2%) to $80.45 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of T. Rowe Price Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.57-$80.74 after having opened the day at $80.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.25.

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm primarily provides its services to individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. T. Rowe Price Group has a market cap of $21.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate T. Rowe Price Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates T. Rowe Price Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full T. Rowe Price Group 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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