Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 46.0 points (-0.3%) at 14,493 as of Friday, Mar 15, 2013, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 393.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 615.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,137 issues advancing vs. 1,631 declining with 167 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is sporting a 48-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $82.84. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 1.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.1 million shares. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $31.04 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.2%. 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. The company has a P/E ratio of 13, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.