AEG, MFC, LNC, PRU And MET, Pushing Insurance Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 32 points (-0.2%) at 15,645 as of Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,343 issues advancing vs. 1,599 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 4.3%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Aegon ( AEG) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, Aegon is down $0.31 (-3.9%) to $7.57 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.52-$7.59 after having opened the day at $7.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.88.

AEGON N.V. provides life insurance, pension, and asset management products and services. Aegon has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Aegon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aegon 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 Aegon Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC) is down $0.52 (-3.0%) to $16.72 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Manulife Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.62-$17.26 after having opened the day at $17.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.24.

Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection and wealth management products and services to individual, corporate, and business customers primarily in Asia, Canada, and the United States. Manulife Financial Corporation has a market cap of $32.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Manulife Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Manulife Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Manulife Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) is down $1.79 (-4.1%) to $42.03 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.40-$44.11 after having opened the day at $44.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.82.

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. The company operates in Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance, and Group Protection segments. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 73.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National Corp (Radnor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Lincoln National Corp (Radnor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $1.11 (-1.4%) to $79.13 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.03-$80.70 after having opened the day at $80.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.24.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $37.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 53.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $1.44 (-3.0%) to $47.20 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.4 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.87-$48.75 after having opened the day at $48.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.63.

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 $54.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 51.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 has had sub par growth in net income. 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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