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Five Insurance Stocks That Pay Big Dividends

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) --Two-thirds of insurers still pay dividends. The exceptions tend to be in health care, such as WellPoint (WLP), or among firms still struggling, such as PMI Group (PMI). These five stocks offer strong growth potential and the biggest yields.

5. Unitrin (UTR) is a Chicago-based multiline insurer.

Dividend yield: 3.57%

Fundamentals: Cash and equivalents up 4.8% in the third quarter. Investments rose 1.8%. Liabilities fell 2.4%. Policy income rose 2.8%. Profit climbed to $62 million on cost cuts.

Market indicators: Price-to-earnings ratio is 5.6. Price-to-book value is 74%. There's little short interest. Price has risen 1.7% this month and 53% during the past year. The beta is 1.21, indicating some volatility. The price is 16% less than the average price target of analysts.

News: Fourth-quarter earnings are scheduled for Feb. 1.

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