Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Links. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 47.0 points (-0.3%) at 15,520 as of Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 258 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 591.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 716 issues advancing vs. 2,228 declining with 95 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is lagging the broader index with a six-cent decline to $82.15. This single drop is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.45 points or roughly accounting for 1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 1.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of two million shares. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $32.16 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%. 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. 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.