All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 35 points (-0.2%) at 17,589 as of Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 752 issues advancing vs. 2,254 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Radian Group

(

RDN

), down 12.3%,

MetLife

(

MET

), down 2.2% and

ING Groep N.V

(

ING

), down 1.1%.

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

3.

WR Berkley

(

WRB

) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, WR Berkley is up $1.49 (2.7%) to $57.04 on heavy volume. Thus far, 427,711 shares of WR Berkley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 510,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.90-$57.04 after having opened the day at $55.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.55.

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W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company, operates as commercial lines writers primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Insurance-Domestic, Insurance-International, and Reinsurance-Global. WR Berkley has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate WR Berkley a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

WR Berkley

as a

buy

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

WR Berkley Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Marsh & McLennan Companies

TheStreet Recommends

(

MMC

) is up $0.52 (0.9%) to $55.21 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.69-$55.24 after having opened the day at $53.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.69.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services firm, provides advice and solutions primarily in the areas of risk, strategy, and people worldwide. It operates in two segments, Risk and Insurance Services; and Consulting. Marsh & McLennan Companies has a market cap of $29.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Marsh & McLennan Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Marsh & McLennan Companies

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel its 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

Marsh & McLennan Companies Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Travelers Companies

(

TRV

) is up $0.81 (0.7%) to $113.58 on average volume. Thus far, 888,843 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.12-$113.62 after having opened the day at $112.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.77.

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The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the Unites states and internationally. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $34.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Travelers Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Travelers Companies

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Travelers Companies 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

).