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

Travelers Companies ( TRV) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Travelers Companies fell $1.29 (-1.6%) to $79.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,223,775 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,052,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.52-$81.31 after having opened the day at $80.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.11. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: National Security Group ( NSEC), down 7.5%, Stewart Information Services ( STC), down 3.4%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), down 3.2% and HCI Group ( HCI), down 2.8%.

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 $30.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Safety Insurance Group ( SAFT), up 2.9%, Universal Insurance Holdings ( UVE), up 2.6%, National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), up 2.6% and CorVel Corporation ( CRVL), up 2.1% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with Prudential Financial ( PRU) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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