The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 17 points (+0.1%) at 15,481 as of Monday, Jul 15, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 212.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 608.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,893 issues advancing vs. 1,042 declining with 108 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 89-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $83.29. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 1.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.1 million shares. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $31.13 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%. 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. 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.