3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Insurance Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 15,449 as of Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 771 issues advancing vs. 2,156 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%.

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

3. Axis Capital Holdings ( AXS) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, Axis Capital Holdings is down $2.37 (-5.3%) to $41.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 927,336 shares of Axis Capital Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 662,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.86-$43.47 after having opened the day at $42.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.33.

AXIS Capital Holdings Limited provides specialty lines insurance and treaty reinsurance products in Bermuda, the United States, Europe, Singapore, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. Axis Capital Holdings has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Axis Capital Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Axis Capital Holdings 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Axis Capital Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $0.71 (-0.9%) to $81.81 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.07-$82.91 after having opened the day at $82.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.52.

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 $37.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is down $0.30 (-0.6%) to $47.48 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.06-$47.81 after having opened the day at $47.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.78.

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 $52.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. 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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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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