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Travelers' stock drops to pace the Dow's decliners after double downgrade at BofA

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By Tomi Kilgore

Shares of Travelers Companies Inc. /zigman2/quotes/206313935/composite TRV +0.56% dropped 1.8% in morning trading Thursday, enough to pace the Dow Jones Industrial Average's /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.38% decliners, after analyst Joshua Shanker at BofA Securities swung to bearish from bullish on the insurer, citing decelerating commercial property and casualty pricing and eroding underwriting margins in personal auto and homeowners insurance. The double downgrade comes two days after the Travelers reported a big second-quarter profit beat, as investment income tripled. BofA's Shanker cut his rating to underperform from buy, while trimming his stock price target to $161 from $171. He also reduced his 2022 earnings estimate to a Wall Street low $11.80 from $12.30, given the pricing and margins weakness. "While pricing increases can improve margins in 2022...we expect these improvements to level off in 2023," Shanker wrote in a note to clients. The stock has gained 6.2% year to date, while the SPDR S&P Insurance ETF /zigman2/quotes/205505650/composite KIE +0.12% has climbed 12.9% and the Dow has advanced 13.4%.

$ 182.76
+1.01 +0.56%
Volume: 1.34M
Feb. 3, 2023 4:00p
P/E Ratio
Dividend Yield
Market Cap
$42.59 billion
Rev. per Employee
US : Dow Jones Global
-127.93 -0.38%
Volume: 0.00
Feb. 3, 2023 4:54p
US : U.S.: NYSE Arca
$ 43.07
+0.05 +0.12%
Volume: 469,214
Feb. 3, 2023 4:00p

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