4 Stocks Dragging The Insurance Industry Downward

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 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, Berkshire Hathaway is down $1,321.99 (-0.8%) to $172,419.01 on light volume. Thus far, 117 shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $172,350.00-$173,700.00 after having opened the day at $173,700.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $173,741.00.

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. Through its subsidiaries, the firm primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway has a market cap of $153.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 28.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Berkshire Hathaway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Berkshire Hathaway Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Chubb ( CB) is down $1.52 (-1.8%) to $85.48 on average volume. Thus far, 621,124 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.47-$86.99 after having opened the day at $86.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.00.

The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Chubb has a market cap of $22.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Chubb a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chubb as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, 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 Chubb Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is down $1.27 (-1.4%) to $91.11 on light volume. Thus far, 500,256 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.00-$92.35 after having opened the day at $92.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.38.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $31.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 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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1. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $0.72 (-0.9%) to $81.33 on light volume. Thus far, 595,613 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.09-$82.08 after having opened the day at $82.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.05.

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 $30.8 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 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, 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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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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