3 Stocks Pulling The 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 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Chubb ( CB) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, Chubb is down $0.75 (-0.8%) to $95.70 on average volume. Thus far, 604,188 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 908,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.37-$96.45 after having opened the day at $96.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.45.

The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Chubb has a market cap of $24.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Chubb a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chubb as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Chubb Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is down $0.70 (-0.7%) to $102.08 on light volume. Thus far, 447,059 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.64-$102.82 after having opened the day at $102.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.78.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $35.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, 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 ACE Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is down $1.27 (-1.4%) to $89.47 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.92-$90.40 after having opened the day at $90.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.74.

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 $33.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 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. Get the full Travelers Companies Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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