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

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Travelers Companies ( TRV) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Travelers Companies rose $1.30 (1.5%) to $90.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,881,484 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,881,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $89.06-$90.59 after having opened the day at $89.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.22. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Universal Insurance Holdings ( UVE), up 5.7%, Phoenix Companies ( PNX), up 4.1%, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), up 3.2% and Crawford & Company ( CRD.A), up 2.5%.

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 $32.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Fortegra Financial ( FRF), down 2.5% and State Auto Financial Corporation ( STFC), down 2.0%.

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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