4 Stocks Dragging In The Insurance Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 26 points (0.2%) at 15,572 as of Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,636 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%.

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

4. WR Berkley ( WRB) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, WR Berkley is down $2.09 (-4.7%) to $42.53 on heavy volume. Thus far, 918,997 shares of WR Berkley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 631,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.22-$44.88 after having opened the day at $44.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.62.

W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company, operates as commercial lines writers primarily in the United States. The company operates in five segments: Specialty, Regional, Alternative Markets, Reinsurance, and International. WR Berkley has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate WR Berkley a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WR Berkley as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year 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 WR Berkley Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Chubb ( CB) is down $1.91 (-2.1%) to $87.50 on average volume. Thus far, 634,048 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.26-$89.50 after having opened the day at $89.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.41.

The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Chubb has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Chubb a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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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2. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is down $1.81 (-1.9%) to $93.77 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.28-$95.58 after having opened the day at $95.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.58.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $32.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance 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 ACE Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $2.79 (-3.3%) to $82.64 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.5 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 $82.20-$85.08 after having opened the day at $84.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.43.

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 $31.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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