Today's Top Performers In Insurance

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 14,565 as of Thursday, April 4, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,512 issues advancing vs. 1,354 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Aegon ( AEG), up 1.5%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. 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 $0.21 (2.9%) to $7.35 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.26-$7.42 after having opened the day at $7.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.14.

ING Groep N.V., a financial services company, provides banking, investment, life insurance, and retirement services. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $28.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 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 generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full ING Groep N.V Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is up $0.70 (0.8%) to $88.72 on average volume Thus far, 603,836 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.15-$88.94 after having opened the day at $88.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.01.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $30.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE 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 shows low profit margins. Get the full ACE Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC) is up $0.26 (0.7%) to $37.56 on light volume Thus far, 921,402 shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.38-$37.75 after having opened the day at $37.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.30.

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 $20.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Marsh & McLennan Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Marsh & McLennan Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Hartford Financial Services Group ( HIG) is up $0.54 (2.2%) to $25.36 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Hartford Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.96-$25.66 after having opened the day at $25.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.82.

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services to individual and business customers primarily in the United States and Japan. Hartford Financial Services Group has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Hartford Financial Services Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hartford Financial Services Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Hartford Financial Services Group Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: 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.

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