BEN, ACE And AXP, Pushing Financial Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 48 points (-0.3%) at 16,864 as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,073 issues advancing vs. 1,897 declining with 171 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 Aflac ( AFL), down 3.7%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 2.5%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 2.2%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 2.0% and UBS ( UBS), down 1.9%. Top gainers within the sector include GFI Group ( GFIG), up 43.4%, Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), up 15.7%, Macro Bank ( BMA), up 14.0%, Orix ( IX), up 4.4% and American Tower ( AMT), up 3.8%.

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

3. Franklin Resources ( BEN) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources is down $1.52 (-2.7%) to $55.58 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.81-$57.27 after having opened the day at $57.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.10.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $36.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franklin Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Franklin Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is down $0.81 (-0.8%) to $101.87 on average volume. Thus far, 595,604 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 971,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.61-$102.88 after having opened the day at $102.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.68.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insureds worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $34.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full ACE Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is down $1.13 (-1.2%) to $90.58 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.04-$92.32 after having opened the day at $92.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.71.

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 $97.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 2 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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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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