Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Insurance Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 17,970 as of Thursday, June 25, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,139 issues advancing vs. 1,826 declining with 188 unchanged.

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

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

3. Manulife Financial ( MFC) is one of the companies pushing the Insurance industry higher today. As of noon trading, Manulife Financial is up $0.13 (0.7%) to $19.49 on average volume. Thus far, 812,796 shares of Manulife Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.45-$19.59 after having opened the day at $19.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.36.

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Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection and wealth management products and services to individual, corporate, and business customers primarily in Asia, Canada, and the United States. Manulife Financial has a market cap of $38.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Manulife Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Manulife Financial 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Manulife Financial Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ING Groep N.V ( ING) is up $0.09 (0.5%) to $17.09 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.96-$17.15 after having opened the day at $17.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.00.

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ING Groep N.V., a financial institution, provides banking products and services to individuals, small and medium enterprises, and mid-corporates. It operates through Retail Netherlands; Retail Belgium; Retail Germany; Retail Rest of World; and Commercial Banking segments. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $66.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 32.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ING Groep N.V as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full ING Groep N.V Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Aflac ( AFL) is up $1.03 (1.6%) to $63.51 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.99-$63.81 after having opened the day at $63.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.48.

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Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. It operates through two segments, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. Aflac has a market cap of $27.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac 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, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Aflac 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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