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Genworth Financial Inc (GNW): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

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Genworth Financial (GNW) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Genworth Financial fell $0.15 (-1.2%) to $12.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,619,583 shares of Genworth Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,102,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.02-$12.36 after having opened the day at $12.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.28. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: National Interstate Corporation (NATL), down 3.2%, Radian Group (RDN), down 2.8%, MGIC Investment Corporation (MTG), down 2.1% and Independence Holding Company (IHC), down 2.0%.

Genworth Financial, Inc., a financial services company, provides insurance, wealth management, investment, and financial solutions in the United States and internationally. The company's U.S. Genworth Financial has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 63.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Genworth Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genworth Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, National Security Group (NSEC), up 4.1%, Imperial Holdings (IFT), up 3.8%, United Insurance Holdings (UIHC), up 3.4% and Citizens (CIA), up 1.8% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with Fidelity National Financial (FNF) 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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