3 Stocks Dragging 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 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 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Willis Group Holdings ( WSH) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry lower today. As of noon trading, Willis Group Holdings is down $1.41 (-3.2%) to $42.14 on heavy volume. Thus far, 483,724 shares of Willis Group Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 548,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.61-$42.71 after having opened the day at $41.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.55.

Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company provides a range of insurance brokerage, reinsurance, and risk management consulting services worldwide. Willis Group Holdings has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Willis Group Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Willis Group Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Willis Group Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Allstate ( ALL) is down $0.44 (-0.8%) to $52.37 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.28-$52.75 after having opened the day at $52.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.81.

The Allstate Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of personal property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and retirement and investment products primarily in the United States. Allstate has a market cap of $23.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Allstate a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Allstate 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Allstate Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is down $0.96 (-1.0%) to $95.85 on light volume. Thus far, 597,175 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.62-$96.56 after having opened the day at $96.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.81.

ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $32.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE 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, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 ACE 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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