Travelers Companies

(

TRV

) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Travelers Companies fell 59 cents (-0.9%) to $62.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.43-$63.34 after having opened the day at $63.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.19. Other company's within the Insurance industry that declined today were:

Affirmative Insurance Holdings

(

AFFM

), down 18.1%,

American Independence Corporation

(

AMIC

), down 7.3%,

MGIC Investment Corporation

(

MTG

), down 5%, and

Radian Group

(

RDN

), down 3.9%.

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 has a market cap of $24.44 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Kingsway Financial Services

(

KFS

), up 5.2%,

Atlantic American

(

AAME

), up 3%,

Argo Group International Holdings

(

AGII

), up 2.8%, and

Life Partners Holdings

(

LPHI

), up 2.2%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with

Hartford Financial Services Group

(

HIG

) being today's featured insurance industry winner.

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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