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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Travelers Companies fell $0.85 (-1.1%) to $79.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,403,780 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,107,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.13-$80.10 after having opened the day at $80.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.27. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: United Fire Group ( UFCS), down 6.0%, CNinsure ( CISG), down 4.3%, Universal Insurance Holdings ( UVE), down 3.6% and National Security Group ( NSEC), down 3.2%.

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 $30.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), up 4.2%, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), up 3.0%, American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), up 2.5% and Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), up 1.8%.

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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