4 Insurance Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 18 points (0.1%) at 15,482 as of Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,893 issues advancing vs. 1,042 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Progressive Corporation ( PGR), up 0.5%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Aegon ( AEG) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, Aegon is up $0.05 (0.7%) to $7.36 on average volume. Thus far, 739,763 shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.27-$7.38 after having opened the day at $7.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.31.

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 Friday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC) is up $0.16 (0.9%) to $17.45 on average volume. Thus far, 836,894 shares of Manulife Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.26-$17.60 after having opened the day at $17.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.29.

Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection and wealth management products and services to individual, corporate, and business customers primarily in Asia, Canada, and the United States. Manulife Financial Corporation has a market cap of $31.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 27.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Manulife Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Manulife Financial Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Manulife Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Aon plc ( AON) is up $0.68 (1.0%) to $67.70 on light volume. Thus far, 372,786 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.78-$67.78 after having opened the day at $66.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.02.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon plc has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Aon plc Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) is up $0.50 (1.3%) to $40.06 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.45-$40.10 after having opened the day at $39.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.56.

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. The company operates in Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance, and Group Protection segments. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 53.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National Corp (Radnor 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 Lincoln National Corp (Radnor Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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