4 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Insurance Industry

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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.

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

4. ING Groep N.V ( ING) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, ING Groep N.V is down $0.08 (-1.0%) to $8.21 on light volume Thus far, 829,250 shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.15-$8.28 after having opened the day at $8.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.29.

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 $31.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full ING Groep N.V Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, MBIA ( MBI) is down $0.50 (-5.0%) to $9.36 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.4 million shares of MBIA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.97-$9.71 after having opened the day at $9.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.85.

MBIA Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial guarantee insurance and related reinsurance, advisory, and portfolio services for the public and structured finance markets; and asset management advisory services in the United States and internationally. MBIA has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates MBIA as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full MBIA Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PartnerRe ( PRE) is down $2.23 (-2.3%) to $93.82 on heavy volume Thus far, 575,730 shares of PartnerRe exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 555,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.50-$95.71 after having opened the day at $95.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.05.

PartnerRe Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides reinsurance services worldwide. PartnerRe has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PartnerRe 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full PartnerRe Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.26 (-0.7%) to $38.89 on light volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.72-$39.26 after having opened the day at $39.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.15.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. MetLife has a market cap of $42.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year 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 MetLife 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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