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Aon plc

(

AON

) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Aon plc fell $1.18 (-1.4%) to $81.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,223,880 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,941,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $81.30-$82.50 after having opened the day at $82.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.55. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were:

CNinsure

(

CISG

), down 5.2%,

National Security Group

(

NSEC

), down 4.3%,

Meadowbrook Insurance Group

(

MIG

), down 3.8% and

Life Partners Holdings

(

LPHI

), down 3.8%.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon plc has a market cap of $24.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Aon plc

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, increase 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,

Universal Insurance Holdings

(

UVE

), up 10.2%,

First Acceptance Corporation

(

FAC

), up 4.6%,

State Auto Financial Corporation

(

STFC

), up 3.5% and

Phoenix Companies

(

PNX

), up 3.1% , 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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