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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 27 points (-0.1%) at 18,429 as of Friday, July 29, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,872 issues advancing vs. 1,043 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was

Aon

(

AON

), up 2.9%.

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

3.

Aegon

(

AEG

) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, Aegon is up $0.10 (2.6%) to $4.10 on light volume. Thus far, 610,836 shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.08-$4.13 after having opened the day at $4.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.00.

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Aegon N.V. provides life insurance, pensions, and asset management services. Aegon has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 29.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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2. As of noon trading,

ING Groep

(

ING

) is up $0.27 (2.5%) to $11.13 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of ING Groep exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.06-$11.16 after having opened the day at $11.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.86.

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ING Groep N.V., a financial institution, provides various banking products and services to individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises, and mid-corporates. It operates through Retail Netherlands, Retail Belgium, Retail Germany, Retail Other, and Wholesale Banking segments. ING Groep has a market cap of $42.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 19.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates ING Groep a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ING Groep

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

ING Groep Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Principal Financial Group

(

PFG

) is up $1.87 (4.2%) to $46.58 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Principal Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.98-$47.15 after having opened the day at $45.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.71.

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Principal Financial Group, Inc. provides retirement, asset management, and insurance products and services to businesses, individuals, and institutional clients worldwide. It operates through Retirement and Income Solutions, Principal Global Investors, Principal International, and U.S. Principal Financial Group has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Principal Financial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Principal Financial Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Principal Financial Group 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

).