Dow Today: Travelers Companies (TRV) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 67.0 points (-0.4%) at 17,031 as of Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 119.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 295 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,211 issues advancing vs. 1,801 declining with 159 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 21-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $94.50. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.59 points or roughly accounting for 2.4% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 1.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 1.8 million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $32.11 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

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.

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 attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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