Travelers Companies Inc. (TRV): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

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Travelers Companies ( TRV) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Travelers Companies fell $3.22 (-3.8%) to $82.21 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,559,414 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,068,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $82.10-$85.08 after having opened the day at $84.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.43. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 6.8%, WR Berkley ( WRB), down 4.3%, Axis Capital Holdings ( AXS), down 3.8% and PartnerRe ( PRE), down 3.1%.

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.

On the positive front, Donegal Group ( DGICB), up 11.9%, Kansas City Life Insurance ( KCLI), up 4.4%, Radian Group ( RDN), up 4.1% and HCI Group ( HCI), up 3.8% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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