WU, IVZ And BX, Pushing Financial Services Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 17,032 as of Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,152 issues advancing vs. 1,771 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include AllianceBernstein Holding L.P ( AB), down 2.2%, Orix ( IX), down 1.1%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.1% and MasterCard ( MA), down 0.6%. A company within the industry that increased today was Charles Schwab ( SCHW), up 1.2%.

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

3. Western Union ( WU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Western Union is down $0.27 (-1.5%) to $17.47 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Western Union exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.46-$17.68 after having opened the day at $17.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.74.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Western Union a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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 Western Union Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Invesco ( IVZ) is down $0.33 (-0.8%) to $40.05 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.82-$40.46 after having opened the day at $40.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.38.

Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. It primarily provides its services to institutional clients including major public entities, corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, endowments, foundations, pension funds, and financial institutions. Invesco has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Invesco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Invesco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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 Invesco Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Blackstone Group ( BX) is down $0.37 (-1.1%) to $32.38 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.12-$32.79 after having opened the day at $32.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.75.

The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Blackstone Group has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Blackstone Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Blackstone Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Blackstone 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 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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