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Radian Group Inc. (RDN): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Radian Group ( RDN) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Radian Group rose $0.22 (1.6%) to $14.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,235,639 shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,431,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.91-$14.16 after having opened the day at $14.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.93. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: National Security Group ( NSEC), up 8.3%, CorVel Corporation ( CRVL), up 7.4%, Greenlight Capital Re ( GLRE), up 4.5% and Atlas Financial Holdings ( AFH), up 3.1%.

Radian Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a credit enhancement company in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Mortgage Insurance and Financial Guaranty. Radian Group has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 128.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Radian Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radian Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front, National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), down 17.7%, Baldwin & Lyons ( BWINB), down 3.6%, Independence Holding Company ( IHC), down 3.5% and First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with XL Group ( XL) being today's insurance industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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