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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 56 points (-0.3%) at 17,863 as of Thursday, July 7, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,647 issues advancing vs. 1,277 declining with 139 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3.

CNA Financial

(

CNA

) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, CNA Financial is up $0.69 (2.3%) to $31.17 on heavy volume. Thus far, 224,720 shares of CNA Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 140,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.63-$31.17 after having opened the day at $30.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.48.

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CNA Financial Corporation provides commercial property and casualty insurance products primarily in the United States. It operates through Specialty, Commercial, International, Life & Group Non-Core, and Corporate & Other Non-Core segments. CNA Financial has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate CNA Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

CNA Financial

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

CNA Financial Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Aegon

(

AEG

) is up $0.07 (2.0%) to $3.53 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.51-$3.55 after having opened the day at $3.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.46.

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Aegon N.V. provides life insurance, pensions, and asset management services. Aegon has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 39.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Aegon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Aegon

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Aegon Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Aon

(

AON

) is up $0.75 (0.7%) to $108.84 on average volume. Thus far, 486,284 shares of Aon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.95-$109.35 after having opened the day at $108.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.09.

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Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Risk Solutions and HR Solutions. Aon has a market cap of $29.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Aon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Aon

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

Aon 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 insurance industry could consider

KBW Insurance ETF

(

KIE

) while those bearish on the insurance industry could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).