5 Stocks Pushing The Insurance Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 35 points (0.3%) at 14,006 as of Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,786 issues advancing vs. 1,060 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Aegon ( AEG), up 2.5%, and Sun Life Financial ( SLF), up 1.6%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. ING Groep N.V ( ING) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, ING Groep N.V is up $0.11 (1.2%) to $9.29 on light volume Thus far, 559,504 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 $9.18-$9.30 after having opened the day at $9.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.18.

ING Groep N.V., a financial services company, provides banking, investment, life insurance, and retirement services for individuals, families, small businesses, corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $35.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 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 sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full ING Groep N.V Ratings Report now.

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