3 Stocks Pushing 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 105 points (0.6%) at 17,136 as of Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,972 issues advancing vs. 1,018 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Glimcher Realty ( GRT), up 30.0%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.9%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.7%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.3% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 1.1%.

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

3. National Bank of Greece ( NBG) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, National Bank of Greece is down $0.06 (-1.9%) to $3.20 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of National Bank of Greece exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.17-$3.23 after having opened the day at $3.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.26.

National Bank of Greece S.A., together with its subsidiaries, offers diversified financial services primarily in Greece. The company is involved in retail and commercial banking, investment management, investment banking, insurance, investment activities, and securities trading activities. National Bank of Greece has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 41.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate National Bank of Greece a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Bank of Greece as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full National Bank of Greece Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank ( HDB) is down $0.38 (-0.8%) to $48.45 on average volume. Thus far, 441,041 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 776,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.35-$48.89 after having opened the day at $48.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.83.

HDFC Bank Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses in India, as well as in Bahrain and Hong Kong. The company operates in four segments: Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, Treasury, and Other Banking Operations. HDFC Bank has a market cap of $39.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 41.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HDFC Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. 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 HDFC Bank Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is down $0.75 (-1.2%) to $59.09 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.78-$59.66 after having opened the day at $59.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.84.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. It operates through two segments, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. Aflac has a market cap of $27.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year 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 Aflac 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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