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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