American International Group Inc

(

AIG

) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, American International Group Inc fell $1.65 (-6.3%) to $24.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.8 million shares of American International Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.69-$25.82 after having opened the day at $25.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.34. Other company's within the Insurance industry that declined today were:

Lincoln National Corp (Radnor

(

LNC

), down 11%,

Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc

(

AFFM

), down 10.2%,

ING Groep N.V

(

ING

), down 9.9%, and

United Fire & Casualty CO

(

UFCS

), down 8.4%.

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 $48.1 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of two, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 54% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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,

Donegal Group Inc

(

DGICB

), up 11.3%,

Unico American Corporation

(

UNAM

), up 7.8%,

First Acceptance Corporation

(

FAC

), up 3.2%, and

Crawford & Company

(

CRD.A

), up 2.4%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with

Validus Holdings Inc

(

VR

) being today's featured insurance industry winner.

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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