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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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Radian Group rose $0.27 (2.0%) to $13.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,869,683 shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,469,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.12-$13.54 after having opened the day at $13.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.26. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: United Fire Group ( UFCS), up 2.3%, United Insurance Holdings ( UIHC), up 2.2%, CorVel Corporation ( CRVL), up 1.8% and MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 1.7%.

RadianExpress is an Internet-based settlement company and provides real estate information products and services to the first and second mortgage industry. The company is based in Davenport. As of 10/26/2000, ExpressClose.com is a subsidiary of Radian Group Inc. Radian Group has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 124.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Radian Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Fortegra Financial ( FRF), down 2.5%, CNinsure ( CISG), down 2.0%, 21st Century Holding Company ( TCHC), down 1.5% and Federated National ( FNHC), down 1.5%.

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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