NEW YORK (TheStreet) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked up 1.59 points, or 0.01% in the month of April. Year-to-date, the blue-chip index has advanced 8.5%. The top percentage gainers within the index last month were Travelers ( TRV), Verizon ( VZ), AT&T ( T), Kraft Foods ( KFT) and American Express ( AXP).
Shares of Travelers rose 8.65% in April to close at $64.32. On April 19, the insurance giant reported first-quarter earnings of $806 million, or $2.02 a share, beating Wall Street's consensus view by more than 30%. Shares of Travelers hit a 52-week high on April 26 of $64.82. The stock's 52-week low of $45.97 was set on Oct. 4. 10 Stocks Poised to Rise in Apple's Wake >> Travelers' shares trade at a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 10.31X; the average for its peers is 12.57X. For comparison, Chubb ( CB) has a higher forward P/E of 12.15X. Fourteen of the 26 analysts who cover Travelers rate it at buy. Eleven analysts give the stock a hold rating and one rates it at sell. The stock has risen 8.7% year to date.