5 Stocks Dragging In The Insurance Industry

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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 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, Manulife Financial Corporation is down $0.20 (-1.1%) to $18.61 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Manulife Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.51-$18.86 after having opened the day at $18.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.81.

Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection and wealth management products and services to individual, corporate, and business customers primarily in Asia, Canada, and the United States. Manulife Financial Corporation has a market cap of $36.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Manulife Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Manulife Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Manulife Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is down $0.53 (-0.8%) to $61.76 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.66-$62.57 after having opened the day at $62.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.29.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. Aflac has a market cap of $29.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Aflac Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $1.11 (-1.3%) to $83.25 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.09-$84.81 after having opened the day at $84.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.36.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $40.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.58 (-1.2%) to $48.93 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.66-$49.75 after having opened the day at $49.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.51.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. MetLife has a market cap of $57.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is down $0.46 (-1.0%) to $47.40 on average volume. Thus far, 5.4 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.36-$48.59 after having opened the day at $48.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.86.

American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments: AIG Property Casualty, and AIG Life and Retirement. American International Group has a market cap of $72.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full American International Group 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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