Today's Top Performers In Insurance

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 14,823 as of Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,672 issues advancing vs. 1,218 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Sun Life Financial ( SLF), up 1.1%, and Aegon ( AEG), up 0.8%.

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

5. Willis Group Holdings ( WSH) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, Willis Group Holdings is up $0.79 (2.03) to $39.79 on average volume Thus far, 390,065 shares of Willis Group Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 786,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.85-$39.83 after having opened the day at $38.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.00.

Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company provides a range of insurance brokerage, reinsurance, and risk management consulting services worldwide. Willis Group Holdings has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Willis Group Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Willis Group Holdings Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC) is up $0.38 (1.01) to $37.93 on light volume Thus far, 911,868 shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.45-$37.94 after having opened the day at $37.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.55.

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 17.6, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marsh & McLennan Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, 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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3. As of noon trading, Aon plc ( AON) is up $0.50 (0.84) to $60.17 on light volume Thus far, 528,087 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.45-$60.19 after having opened the day at $59.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.67.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon plc has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc 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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Aon plc Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Hartford Financial Services Group ( HIG) is up $0.95 (3.49) to $28.16 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.5 million shares of Hartford Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.99-$28.39 after having opened the day at $27.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.21.

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 $12.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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1. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is up $0.39 (0.72) to $54.43 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.96-$54.71 after having opened the day at $54.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.04.

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 $24.6 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 up 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Aflac Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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