Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up eight points at 15,971 as of Thursday, Feb 13, 2014, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 101 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 378.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,409 issues advancing vs. 1,384 declining with 225 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 31-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $81.95. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 675,197 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $30.29 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 9.2% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%. 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. 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.