Travelers Companies Inc. (TRV): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Travelers Companies ( TRV) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Travelers Companies rose $1.47 (1.8%) to $82.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,260,884 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,297,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $80.65-$82.44 after having opened the day at $81.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.88. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: CNA Financial ( CNA), up 6.9%, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), up 3.7%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), up 3.4% and MBIA ( MBI), up 3.2%.

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 $29.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.7% 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 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.

On the negative front, eHealth ( EHTH), down 6.1%, Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), down 6.1%, AmTrust Financial Services ( AFSI), down 5.5% and Mercury General Corporation ( MCY), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with MetLife ( MET) being today's insurance industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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