Travelers Companies Inc

(

TRV

) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 5.2%. By the end of trading, Travelers Companies Inc rose $2.18 (4%) to $56.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.6 million shares of Travelers Companies Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.51-$56.32 after having opened the day at $55.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.07. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were:

MBIA Inc

(

MBI

), up 18.7%,

Phoenix Companies Inc

(

PNX

), up 16.8%,

EMC Insurance Group

(

EMCI

), up 14.7%, and

Independence Holding Company

(

IHC

), up 12.7%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. Travelers Companies Inc has a market cap of $22.05 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates The Travelers Companies 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 attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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