Jim Cramer's Stop Trading: Time to 'Re-Rate' the Insurance Industry

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The whole life insurance industry is due for a "re-rating," TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, reasoned on CNBC's "Cramer's Stop Trading" segment. 

He elaborated, saying that companies like Prudential Financial (PRU) -- which is having a successful investors' day today -- MetLife  (MET) and Genworth Financial (GNW) should trade with higher valuations. 

And while The Travelers Companies (TRV) is simply too big to be taken over and is not a life insurance provider, it runs a "fantastic" business and is a "remarkable insurer," he said.

This "re-rating" follows Japanese insurer Dai-ichi's purchase of Protective Life (PL) for $70 per share, or roughly $5.7 billion. This takeover is making investors reconsider the valuation for life insurance companies, Cramer concluded.

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

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At the time of publication, Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS had no position in companies mentioned.

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