3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Financial Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 32 points (-0.2%) at 17,036 as of Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,537 issues advancing vs. 1,470 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Financial Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Orix ( IX), down 1.8%, Western Union ( WU), down 0.7% and Visa ( V), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Legg Mason ( LM), up 1.6%, HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), up 1.3% and Goldman Sachs Group ( GS), up 0.8%.

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

3. Affiliated Managers Group ( AMG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Affiliated Managers Group is down $1.11 (-0.5%) to $205.62 on light volume. Thus far, 128,522 shares of Affiliated Managers Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 547,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $204.59-$206.21 after having opened the day at $204.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $206.73.

Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., through its affiliates, operates as an asset management company providing investment management services to mutual funds, institutional clients, and high net worth individuals in the United States. It provides advisory or subadvisory services to mutual funds. Affiliated Managers Group has a market cap of $11.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Affiliated Managers Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Affiliated Managers Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Affiliated Managers Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, BlackRock ( BLK) is down $1.73 (-0.5%) to $328.13 on average volume. Thus far, 241,631 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 561,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $326.81-$329.50 after having opened the day at $327.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $329.86.

BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $54.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, MasterCard ( MA) is down $0.60 (-0.8%) to $76.05 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.50-$76.45 after having opened the day at $76.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.65.

MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. MasterCard has a market cap of $84.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate MasterCard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full MasterCard 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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