3 Stocks Pulling The Financial Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 17,628 as of Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,137 issues advancing vs. 1,826 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Orix ( IX), down 4.3%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU), down 2.1%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 2.0%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.9% and Unum Group ( UNM), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Shinhan Financial Group ( SHG), up 1.1%, HCP ( HCP), up 1.0%, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The ( RBS), up 1.0%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 0.9% and Equity Residential ( EQR), up 0.7%.

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

3. Prudential Financial ( PRU) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial is down $0.79 (-0.9%) to $83.19 on light volume. Thus far, 748,102 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.05-$83.99 after having opened the day at $83.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.98.

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Prudential Financial, Inc. provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $38.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Charles Schwab ( SCHW) is down $0.36 (-1.2%) to $28.51 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.45-$28.83 after having opened the day at $28.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.87.

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The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $37.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 11.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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 Charles Schwab Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Capital One Financial ( COF) is down $0.99 (-1.2%) to $80.77 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.37-$81.73 after having opened the day at $81.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.76.

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Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $45.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Capital One 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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