4 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Insurance Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up 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 lower today:

4. Sun Life Financial ( SLF) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, Sun Life Financial is down $0.43 (-1.6%) to $26.45 on average volume Thus far, 173,193 shares of Sun Life Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 318,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.32-$27.01 after having opened the day at $26.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.88.

Sun Life Financial Inc., an international financial services organization, provides a range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sun Life Financial a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sun Life Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Sun Life Financial Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC) is down $0.25 (-1.7%) to $14.11 on average volume Thus far, 868,458 shares of Manulife Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.06-$14.43 after having opened the day at $14.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.36.

Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection and wealth management products and services to individual, corporate, and business customers primarily in Asia, Canada, and the United States. Manulife Financial Corporation has a market cap of $27.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Manulife Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Manulife Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Manulife Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $0.98 (-1.7%) to $57.00 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.72-$58.20 after having opened the day at $58.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.98.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $27.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is down $1.33 (-2.5%) to $51.37 on average volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.32-$52.56 after having opened the day at $52.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.70.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. Aflac has a market cap of $24.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Aflac 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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