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

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 1.2%. By the end of trading, Travelers Companies rose $1.13 (1.4%) to $82.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,575,522 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,111,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.14-$82.86 after having opened the day at $82.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.57. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: China Life Insurance ( LFC), up 8.2%, Independence Holding Company ( IHC), up 6.4%, eHealth ( EHTH), up 6.3% and American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), up 5.8%.

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 $30.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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.

On the negative front, Aegon ( AEG), down 2.2%, Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), down 1.8%, Atlas Financial Holdings ( AFH), down 1.6% and CNinsure ( CISG), down 1.6% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with Progressive Corporation ( PGR) being today's insurance industry laggard.

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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