Travelers Companies Inc. (TRV): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Travelers Companies ( TRV) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Travelers Companies rose $1.08 (1.3%) to $83.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,026,913 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,983,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.48-$83.79 after having opened the day at $82.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.15. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Citizens ( CIA), up 7.7%, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), up 7.3%, Hallmark Financial Services ( HALL), up 4.0% and Donegal Group ( DGICB), up 3.8%.
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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 $31.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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.

On the negative front, National Security Group ( NSEC), down 3.2%, Erie Indemnity Company ( ERIE), down 2.8%, Fortegra Financial ( FRF), down 2.0% and CoreLogic ( CLGX), down 1.5%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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