Today's Top Performers In Insurance

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 44 points (-0.3%) at 15,836 as of Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 751 issues advancing vs. 2,176 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%.

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

3. Aon plc ( AON) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, Aon plc is up $1.12 (1.4%) to $79.54 on light volume. Thus far, 544,488 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.48-$79.60 after having opened the day at $78.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.41.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon plc has a market cap of $24.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Aon plc Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is up $0.60 (0.7%) to $92.79 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.00-$93.40 after having opened the day at $92.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.19.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $32.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 up $0.66 (0.8%) to $82.27 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.22-$82.44 after having opened the day at $81.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.61.

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 $30.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Travelers Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 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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