3 Stocks Dragging The Financial Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 41 points (0.2%) at 17,110 as of Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,666 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Virtus Investment Partners ( VRTS), down 11.7%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), down 2.4%, Orix ( IX), down 1.8%, Genworth Financial ( GNW), down 1.7% and Credit Suisse Group ( CS), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Banco De Chile ( BCH), up 1.6%, Banco Santander Chile ( BSAC), up 1.4%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 1.2%, Realty Income ( O), up 1.1% and General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 0.9%.

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

3. Unum Group ( UNM) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Unum Group is down $0.47 (-1.3%) to $35.49 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Unum Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.22-$36.00 after having opened the day at $35.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.96.

Unum Group, together with its subsidiaries, provides group and individual disability insurance products in the United States and the United Kingdom. It operates in three segments: Unum US, Unum UK, and Colonial Life. Unum Group has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Unum Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Unum Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Unum Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Aon ( AON) is down $0.62 (-0.7%) to $87.36 on light volume. Thus far, 446,687 shares of Aon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.09-$87.78 after having opened the day at $87.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.98.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon has a market cap of $25.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Aon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Aon Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is down $0.20 (-0.5%) to $37.47 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.27-$37.58 after having opened the day at $37.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.67.

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 $27.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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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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