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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