3 Stocks Advancing The Insurance Industry

One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 17,123 as of Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,692 issues advancing vs. 1,244 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Insurance industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Arch Capital Group ( ACGL), down 1.0%, and Sun Life Financial ( SLF), down 0.7%.

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 $0.07 (1.2%) to $5.55 on average volume. Thus far, 978,449 shares of Aegon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.54-$5.65 after having opened the day at $5.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.48.

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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 $14.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 26.9% 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 hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Aegon Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Chubb ( CB) is up $0.68 (0.5%) to $130.52 on light volume. Thus far, 366,179 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $130.11-$131.23 after having opened the day at $130.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $129.84.

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The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Chubb has a market cap of $29.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 25.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Chubb a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chubb 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, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Chubb Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, ACE ( ACE) is up $0.71 (0.6%) to $114.40 on light volume. Thus far, 702,879 shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.55-$115.49 after having opened the day at $114.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.69.

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ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance products worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $37.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full ACE 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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