All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 95 points (-0.5%) at 18,476 as of Monday, July 25, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 974 issues advancing vs. 1,919 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 9.8%, BanColombia ( CIB), down 3.3%, Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores ( AVAL), down 2.8%, E*TRADE Financial ( ETFC), down 2.8% and Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 2.8%. Top gainers within the sector include EverBank Financial ( EVER), up 12.3%, Ares Management ( ARES), up 6.2%, KB Financial Group ( KB), up 2.1%, UBS Group ( UBS), up 1.0% and Prologis ( PLD), up 0.6%.

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 $2.60 (-0.7%) to $360.45 on light volume. Thus far, 163,470 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 568,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $360.08-$363.78 after having opened the day at $363.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $363.05.

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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 $59.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BlackRock as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full BlackRock Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Bank of New York Mellon ( BK) is down $0.29 (-0.7%) to $38.90 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Bank of New York Mellon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.87-$39.44 after having opened the day at $39.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.19.

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The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, an investment company, provides financial products and services to institutions, corporations, and high net worth individuals in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Investment Management and Investment Services. Bank of New York Mellon has a market cap of $41.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Bank of New York Mellon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of New York Mellon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Bank of New York Mellon Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.29 (-0.7%) to $42.97 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.78-$43.20 after having opened the day at $43.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.26.

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MetLife, Inc. provides life insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management products in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $47.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full MetLife 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).