Updated from 6:24 a.m. EDT
NEW YORK (
, a relatively new addition to the
Dow Jones Industrial Average
, reported second-quarter net income of $740 million, or $1.27 a share, a decline from earnings of $942 million, or $1.54 a share, as premiums and net investment income declined.
Operating income also fell, to $732 million, or $1.25 a share, compared with $918 million, or $1.50 a share, in the prior-year quarter.
Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of $1.28 a share.
Travelers raised its operating income forecasts for 2009 to $4.80 to $5.05 a share, an increase from its previously announced range of $4.55 to $4.95.
Gross premiums in the quarter were $5.97 billion, down slightly from $6.06 billion a year earlier.
Net investment income in the quarter was $547 million, compared with $624 million a year earlier.
Return on equity was 11.1%, down from 14.4%.
"Our performance for the quarter reflects solid underwriting and fixed income investment results, as well as the continued impact of very low short-term investment yields and a small loss on our alternative investment portfolio," said Chairman and CEO Jay Fishman, in a statement Thursday.
-- Written by Joseph Woelfel in New York