The

insurance

industry closed the day down 3%.

Imperial Holdings Inc

(

IFT

),

Citizens Inc

(

CIA

),

EMC Insurance Group

(

EMCI

), and

Lincoln National Corp (Radnor

(

LNC

) were all decliners today within the insurance industry with

American International Group Inc

(

AIG

) being today's featured insurance loser. American International Group Inc fell 59 cents (-2.5%) to $22.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.1 million shares of American International Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares.

American International Group, Inc. is an international insurance organization. The company operates property and casualty insurance networks worldwide and conducts activities in the U.S. life insurance and retirement services industry. American International Group Inc has a market cap of $44.5 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 59.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,

Berkshire Hathaway Inc

(

BRK.B

),

Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc

(

AFFM

),

Everest Re Group

(

RE

), and

Aflac Inc

(

AFL

) were all gainers within the insurance industry with

Life Partners Holdings Inc

(

LPHI

) being today's insurance industry Leader Spotlight stock.

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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