Today's Top Performers In Insurance

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 17 points (0.1%) at 16,651 as of Thursday, May 29, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,820 issues advancing vs. 1,121 declining with 182 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was ACE ( ACE), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC), down 1.5%, and MetLife ( MET), down 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Aon plc ( AON) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, Aon plc is up $0.58 (0.7%) to $89.70 on average volume. Thus far, 866,308 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.97-$89.72 after having opened the day at $89.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.12.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon plc has a market cap of $26.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Aon plc Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Chubb ( CB) is up $0.46 (0.5%) to $93.01 on light volume. Thus far, 247,443 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.44-$93.06 after having opened the day at $92.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.55.

The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Chubb has a market cap of $22.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Chubb a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chubb as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Chubb Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Travelers Companies ( TRV) is up $0.81 (0.9%) to $94.27 on light volume. Thus far, 680,849 shares of Travelers Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.40-$94.29 after having opened the day at $93.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.46.

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 in the United States. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $32.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who 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, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. 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 Travelers Companies Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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