CB, AFL, TRV And MET, Pushing Insurance Industry Downward

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 lower today:

4. Chubb ( CB) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, Chubb is down $0.88 (-1.0%) to $86.88 on average volume. Thus far, 791,295 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.75-$87.52 after having opened the day at $87.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.76.

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 15.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is down $0.32 (-0.5%) to $58.82 on light volume. Thus far, 886,733 shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.52-$59.13 after having opened the day at $59.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.14.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. Aflac has a market cap of $27.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $0.92 (-1.1%) to $83.26 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million 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 $83.20-$84.18 after having opened the day at $83.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.18.

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 $31.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.29 (-0.6%) to $48.79 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.73-$49.06 after having opened the day at $48.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.08.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. MetLife has a market cap of $53.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 47.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, 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 MetLife 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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