3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Financial Sector

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.2%) at 17,108 as of Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,478 issues advancing vs. 1,497 declining with 182 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include American Tower ( AMT), down 0.7%, and Ameriprise Financial ( AMP), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 2.9%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), up 2.6%, Aegon ( AEG), up 2.6%, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), up 2.3% and KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.2%.

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

3. TD Ameritrade ( AMTD) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, TD Ameritrade is down $0.28 (-0.8%) to $32.76 on light volume. Thus far, 792,953 shares of TD Ameritrade exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.66-$33.30 after having opened the day at $33.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.04.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage services and technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. TD Ameritrade has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate TD Ameritrade a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TD Ameritrade as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full TD Ameritrade Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Blackstone Group ( BX) is down $0.22 (-0.7%) to $33.25 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 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 $33.17-$33.75 after having opened the day at $33.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.47.

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 $19.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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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1. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is down $0.41 (-1.4%) to $28.30 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.05-$28.94 after having opened the day at $28.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.71.

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 $37.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Charles Schwab 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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