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S&P Equity Research Picks TRV Focus Stock of the Week

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

S&P Equity Research Picks TRV Focus Stock of the Week09:31 EST Tuesday, March 08, 2011NEW YORK, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV: $59) has been picked by Standard & Poor's Equity Research as its Focus Stock of the Week.  TRV carries S&P's highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy.  "We see Travelers as a leading property-casualty insurer capable of successfully navigating the soft market for insurance pricing that may be starting to firm," said Cathy Seifert, Insurance Analyst at Standard & Poor's Equity Research.  "We believe Travelers is also well positioned to benefit from a flight to quality that remains at play in the insurance marketplace.  This is particularly true in the commercial lines arena, where buyers seeking to place long tail risks like workers compensation or general liability focus on an insurer's ability to pay claims.  We think Travelers' reserving practices have been conservative, allowing the firm in recent periods to release some redundant loss reserves back into earnings, aiding underwriting profitability."To view a video of Ms. Seifert discussing TRV, paste the following link into your browser.  http://link.delvenetworks.com/media/?mediaId=4d82c3bd59344365a3e8ece11445aa24&width=480&height=411&playerForm=DelvePlayer About Standard & Poor's Equity Research ServicesAs one of the world's largest producers of independent equity research, Standard & Poor's licenses its research to global institutions for their investors and advisors.  Standard & Poor's team of experienced U.S., European and Asian equity analysts use a fundamental, bottom-up approach to assess a global universe of equities across industries worldwide.  Follow Standard & Poor's equity analysts' U.S. market commentary each day at http://www.equityresearch.standardandpoors.com/.Standard & Poor's keeps certain activities of its business units separate from each other in order to preserve the independence and objectivity of their respective activities. 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