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ING Groep N.V. (ING): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

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ING Groep N.V ( ING) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, ING Groep N.V fell $0.25 (-2.2%) to $10.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,510,722 shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,802,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.79-$10.96 after having opened the day at $10.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.12. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 5.4%, Fortegra Financial ( FRF), down 3.3%, CorVel Corporation ( CRVL), down 3.2% and State Auto Financial Corporation ( STFC), down 3.2%.

ING Groep N.V., a financial services company, provides banking, investment, life insurance, and retirement services. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $42.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ING Groep N.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, HCI Group ( HCI), up 12.6%, Independence Holding Company ( IHC), up 7.8%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), up 3.9% and Federated National ( FNHC), up 2.3% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with Radian Group ( RDN) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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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