3 Stocks Pushing The Insurance Industry Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower 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%.

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

3. Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, Marsh & McLennan Companies is down $0.82 (-2.3%) to $35.53 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.3 million shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.43-$35.91 after having opened the day at $35.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.35.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services company, provides advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital. It operates in two segments, Risk and Insurance Services, and Consulting. Marsh & McLennan Companies has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Marsh & McLennan Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marsh & McLennan Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Marsh & McLennan Companies Ratings Report now.

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