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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 17,206 as of Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,332 issues advancing vs. 1,655 declining with 165 unchanged.

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

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

3.

Markel Corporation

(

MKL

) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, Markel Corporation is up $16.24 (1.9%) to $847.19 on average volume. Thus far, 18,261 shares of Markel Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 43,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $829.85-$849.71 after having opened the day at $829.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $830.95.

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Markel Corporation markets and underwrites specialty insurance products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: U.S. Insurance, International Insurance, and Reinsurance. The U.S. Markel Corporation has a market cap of $11.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 21.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Markel Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Markel Corporation

as a

buy

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

Markel Corporation Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Voya Financial

(

VOYA

) is up $0.46 (1.2%) to $39.90 on light volume. Thus far, 683,678 shares of Voya Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.26-$39.92 after having opened the day at $39.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.44.

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Voya Financial, Inc. operates as a retirement, investment, and insurance company in the United States. The company has five segments: Retirement, Annuities, Investment Management, Individual Life, and Employee Benefits. Voya Financial has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Voya Financial a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Voya Financial

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full

Voya Financial Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

XL Group

(

XL

) is up $0.33 (0.9%) to $37.14 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of XL Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.49-$37.17 after having opened the day at $36.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.81.

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XL GROUP Public Limited Company, an insurance and reinsurance company, provides property, casualty, and specialty products to industrial, commercial, and professional firms; and insurance companies and other enterprises worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance. XL Group has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate XL Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

XL Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

XL 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

).