CMA, BBT And RF, 3 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 84 points (0.5%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,536 issues advancing vs. 1,417 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Blackstone Group ( BX), down 2.1%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 1.2%, Bank of Montreal ( BMO), down 0.8%, Morgan Stanley ( MS), down 0.7% and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ( CM), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Green Dot ( GDOT), up 18.6%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 6.0%, KB Financial Group ( KB), up 1.9%, Fidelity National Financial ( FNF), up 1.9% and Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.6%.

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

3. Comerica ( CMA) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Comerica is down $0.56 (-1.1%) to $50.18 on average volume. Thus far, 498,572 shares of Comerica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.18-$50.95 after having opened the day at $50.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.74.

Comerica Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, provides financial products and services. The company operates in three segments: Business Bank, Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Comerica a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comerica 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Comerica Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, BB&T ( BBT) is down $0.20 (-0.5%) to $37.64 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 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 $37.56-$37.93 after having opened the day at $37.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.84.

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 $27.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 1.4% 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 14 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 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 $0.08 (-0.7%) to $10.10 on average volume. Thus far, 7.8 million shares of Regions Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.06-$10.22 after having opened the day at $10.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.18.

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 $14.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 2.9% 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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