Today's Stocks Driving Success For 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 51 points (-0.3%) at 18,140 as of Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,286 issues advancing vs. 1,726 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%.

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

3. Aegon ( AEG) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, Aegon is up $0.17 (2.1%) to $8.10 on average volume. Thus far, 785,536 shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.02-$8.10 after having opened the day at $8.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.93.

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Aegon N.V. provides life insurance, pensions, and asset management services. The company operates through the Americas, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and New Markets. Aegon has a market cap of $21.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Aegon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aegon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Aegon Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is up $1.40 (1.6%) to $86.98 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.45-$87.08 after having opened the day at $85.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.58.

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Prudential Financial, Inc. provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $38.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. 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 Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MetLife ( MET) is up $0.85 (1.6%) to $53.10 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.12-$53.10 after having opened the day at $52.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.25.

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MetLife, Inc. provides life insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management products in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $58.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full MetLife 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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