Today's Top Performers In Insurance

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 56 points (-0.3%) at 15,939 as of Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,598 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Travelers Companies ( TRV), up 1.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. ING Groep N.V ( ING) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, ING Groep N.V is up $0.40 (2.9%) to $14.34 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.29-$14.53 after having opened the day at $14.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.94.

ING Groep N.V., a financial services company, provides banking, investment, life insurance, and retirement services. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $52.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ING Groep N.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full ING Groep N.V Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC) is up $0.23 (1.2%) to $18.82 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 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 $18.72-$19.05 after having opened the day at $18.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.59.

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 $33.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who 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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2. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is up $0.55 (0.9%) to $62.59 on light volume. Thus far, 609,262 shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.30-$62.95 after having opened the day at $62.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.04.

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 $29.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who 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 solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Aflac Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American International Group ( AIG) is up $0.49 (1.0%) to $49.49 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.13-$49.72 after having opened the day at $49.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.00.

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 $72.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who 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 4 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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