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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 16,515 as of Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,645 issues advancing vs. 1,332 declining with 182 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was

Aflac

(

AFL

), up 0.8%. A company within the industry that increased today was

Manulife Financial Corporation

(

MFC

), up 0.9%.

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

3.

StanCorp Financial Group

(

SFG

) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, StanCorp Financial Group is down $3.10 (-4.9%) to $60.37 on heavy volume. Thus far, 204,996 shares of StanCorp Financial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 212,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.00-$61.42 after having opened the day at $60.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.47.

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial products and services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Insurance Services and Asset Management. StanCorp Financial Group has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate StanCorp Financial Group a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

StanCorp Financial 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

StanCorp Financial Group Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Old Republic International Corporation

(

ORI

) is down $0.58 (-3.5%) to $16.32 on average volume. Thus far, 685,490 shares of Old Republic International Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.15-$16.81 after having opened the day at $16.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.91.

Old Republic International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in underwriting insurance products primarily in the United States and Canada. Old Republic International Corporation has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Old Republic International Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Old Republic International 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, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Old Republic International Corporation Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

ING Groep N.V

(

ING

) is down $0.09 (-0.6%) to $14.00 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.69-$14.04 after having opened the day at $13.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.09.

ING Groep N.V., a financial institution, provides banking, investment, life insurance, and retirement services for individuals, families, small businesses, large corporations, institutions, and governments. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $54.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ING Groep N.V

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

ING Groep N.V 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

).

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