Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Insurance Industry

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 19 points (-0.1%) at 15,282 as of Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,222 issues advancing vs. 1,685 declining with 126 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Prudential Financial ( PRU), down 1.3%, Allstate ( ALL), down 1.1%, Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.B), down 0.7% and MetLife ( MET), down 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Aegon ( AEG) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, Aegon is up $0.07 (1.0%) to $7.37 on light volume. Thus far, 270,767 shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.33-$7.40 after having opened the day at $7.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.30.

Aegon N.V. provides life insurance, pension, and asset management products and services. Aegon has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Aegon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aegon 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 Aegon Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sun Life Financial ( SLF) is up $0.36 (1.2%) to $31.29 on average volume. Thus far, 245,262 shares of Sun Life Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 398,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.77-$31.46 after having opened the day at $31.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.93.

Sun Life Financial Inc., an international financial services organization, provides a range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has a market cap of $18.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sun Life Financial a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sun Life Financial 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 Sun Life Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, ING Groep N.V ( ING) is up $0.17 (1.8%) to $9.63 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.51-$9.63 after having opened the day at $9.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.46.

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 $36.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ING Groep N.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full ING Groep N.V 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).

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