BLK, MET And MS, 3 Financial Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 34 points (0.2%) at 17,646 as of Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,160 issues advancing vs. 1,783 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Cash America International ( CSH), down 52.9%, Aegon ( AEG), down 5.9%, Woori Finance Holdings ( WF), down 2.0%, State Street ( STT), down 1.9% and Voya Financial ( VOYA), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Genworth Financial ( GNW), up 4.7%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 3.6%, Orix ( IX), up 2.2%, Credit Suisse Group ( CS), up 1.6% and SL Green Realty ( SLG), up 1.0%.

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

3. BlackRock ( BLK) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, BlackRock is down $2.00 (-0.6%) to $347.90 on light volume. Thus far, 106,903 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 608,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $347.65-$350.80 after having opened the day at $350.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $349.90.

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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 $58.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 10.6% 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, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full BlackRock Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.37 (-0.7%) to $54.74 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.70-$55.20 after having opened the day at $55.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.11.

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MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $62.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full MetLife Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Morgan Stanley ( MS) is down $0.28 (-0.8%) to $35.69 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.66-$36.13 after having opened the day at $36.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.97.

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Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $70.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Morgan Stanley 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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