For those interested, below we highlight every stock in the S&P 500 Financial sector along with their percentage of analyst buy and sell ratings. The list is broken out by industry group (banks, diversified financials, insurance, and real estate) and then sorted by buy ratings from most to least. As shown, People's United Financial (formerly People's Bank of Connecticut) has the highest percentage of buy ratings in the bank group at 50%. M&T Bank (MTB), Regions Financial (RF), and Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) all have less than 10% buy ratings in the bank group.
In the diversified financials group, CIT Group has the most buy ratings at 75%, followed by AMP, MCO, SLM (oops), and JPM. American Capital (ACAS), E*Trade (ETFC), and Janus Capital (JNS) have zero buy ratings.
Of the REITS, Simon Property (SPG) is the only company that is really liked by analysts, with 88% buy ratings. AIV, on the other hand, is the only REIT with no buy ratings.
And finally, MetLife (MET), Assurant (AIZ), Chubb (CB), Travelers (TRV), and Prudential (PRU) are the most loved stocks in the insurance group. CINF, L, and MBI are the three insurers with no buy ratings, but they don't have any sell ratings either. Progressive (PGR) and Principal Financial (PFG) have the highest percentage of sell ratings at 27%.