Focus Stock of the Week


This week’s Focus Stock of the Week is The Travelers Companies Inc. (TRV: $94.61), which carries S&P Capital IQ’s highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy. The business insurance lines segment offers a broad array of coverages distributed through a broad network of independent brokers and agencies in the U.S. Business insurance net written premiums of $12.2 billion in 2013 were divided as follows: commercial multi-peril 25%, workers’ compensation 30%, commercial automobile 16%, commercial property 14%, and general liability and other 15%....
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Property & Casualty Insurance

Our fundamental outlook for the property & casualty insurance sub-industry is positive. We believe record catastrophe losses both in the U.S. and around the world incurred in the last several years will extract billions of dollars of excess underwriting capacity from the insurance marketplace, causing insurance rates to rise. The degree to which demand for certain types of insurance products, particularly those in the commercial lines area, increases will depend on the health of the broader economy in the U.S. and overseas. ...
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