Travelers Companies Inc. (TRV): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Travelers Companies ( TRV) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Travelers Companies fell $1.74 (-1.9%) to $89.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,734,853 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,906,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $88.87-$90.40 after having opened the day at $90.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.74. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares ( NUGT), down 17.8%, Credit Suisse ( USLV), down 12.5%, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 11.0% and Marlin Business Services ( MRLN), down 8.8%.

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 insurance industry. 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.

On the positive front, Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares ( DUST), up 17.6%, National Security Group ( NSEC), up 16.1%, Credit Suisse ( DSLV), up 13.1% and ProShs II:UlS Silver ( ZSL), up 8.8% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Blackstone Group ( BX) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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