3 Stocks Dragging The Financial Sector Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 17,122 as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,632 issues advancing vs. 1,319 declining with 192 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Charles Schwab ( SCHW), down 1.4%, BlackRock ( BLK), down 1.1%, Morgan Stanley ( MS), down 0.9%, Orix ( IX), down 0.8% and State Street ( STT), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Bank of Montreal ( BMO), up 2.5%, KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.3%, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), up 1.2%, Aegon ( AEG), up 0.9% and Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), up 0.8%.

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

3. Invesco ( IVZ) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Invesco is down $0.44 (-1.1%) to $40.63 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.56-$41.11 after having opened the day at $41.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.07.

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 $17.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 12.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is down $0.23 (-0.6%) to $37.27 on light volume. Thus far, 724,248 shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.26-$37.65 after having opened the day at $37.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.50.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $26.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, attractive valuation levels 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 BB&T Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Regions Financial ( RF) is down $0.10 (-1.0%) to $10.16 on light volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Regions Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.16-$10.30 after having opened the day at $10.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.26.

Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Business Services, Consumer Services, and Wealth Management. Regions Financial has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Regions Financial a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Regions Financial 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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