5 Stocks Pulling The Insurance Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 47 points (0.3%) at 15,382 as of Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,570 issues advancing vs. 1,367 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits down 0.16 versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Aegon ( AEG), up 1.86.

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

5. 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 $0.10 (-1.1%) to $9.27 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million 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 $9.11-$9.32 after having opened the day at $9.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.37.

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 $35.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.1% 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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4. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is down $0.77 (-0.8%) to $90.27 on average volume Thus far, 674,667 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.91-$91.36 after having opened the day at $90.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.04.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $31.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, 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 shows low profit margins. Get the full ACE Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $1.98 (-2.3%) to $83.57 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.16-$85.66 after having opened the day at $85.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.55.

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. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $32.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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, increase in net income, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 Travelers Companies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Allstate ( ALL) is down $0.82 (-1.6%) to $48.98 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.53-$49.55 after having opened the day at $49.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.80.

The Allstate Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of personal property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and retirement and investment products primarily in the United States. Allstate has a market cap of $23.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.33 (-0.8%) to $42.97 on light volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.84-$43.71 after having opened the day at $43.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.30.

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 $47.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.5% 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, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full MetLife 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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