5 Stocks Pushing The Insurance Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.1%) at 15,298 as of Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits down 0.53 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.17. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Aegon ( AEG), down 2.84, and MetLife ( MET), down 1.37. A company within the industry that increased today was American International Group ( AIG), up 0.66.

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

5. Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, Marsh & McLennan Companies is down $0.63 (-1.6%) to $39.83 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.81-$40.47 after having opened the day at $40.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.46.

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 $22.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Marsh & McLennan Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marsh & McLennan Companies 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, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Marsh & McLennan Companies Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Aon plc ( AON) is down $0.76 (-1.2%) to $64.87 on light volume Thus far, 307,616 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.82-$65.68 after having opened the day at $65.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.63.

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 $20.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Aon plc Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is down $0.56 (-0.6%) to $89.60 on light volume Thus far, 492,277 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.44-$90.32 after having opened the day at $90.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.16.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $30.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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, solid stock price performance 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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2. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $0.54 (-0.6%) to $83.55 on light volume Thus far, 605,535 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.25-$84.08 after having opened the day at $83.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.09.

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 $31.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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. Get the full Travelers Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $0.53 (-0.7%) to $72.44 on light volume Thus far, 575,666 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.26-$72.97 after having opened the day at $72.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.97.

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 $33.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable 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 Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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