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 1.4%. By the end of trading, Travelers Companies fell $1.02 (-1.2%) to $80.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,627,010 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,156,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $80.05-$81.28 after having opened the day at $81.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.28. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 25.6%, QC Holdings ( QCCO), down 12.5%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), down 12.2% and ProShares UltraPro MidCap400 ( UMDD), down 10.9%.

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 $30.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.2% 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 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 30.9%, Barclays Short B Leveraged Inverse S&P 500 ( BXDB), up 18.7%, Credit Suisse ( TVIX), up 14.2% and C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index TR ETN ( CVOL), up 12.8%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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