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Aon plc

(

AON

) 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, Aon plc rose $0.69 (1.0%) to $66.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,797,656 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,332,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $66.08-$67.56 after having opened the day at $66.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.26. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were:

Life Partners Holdings

(

LPHI

), up 5.8%,

Federated National

(

FNHC

), up 3.6%,

21st Century Holding Company

(

TCHC

), up 3.6% and

Donegal Group

(

DGICB

), up 3.6%.

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 $20.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Tower Group

(

TWGP

), down 6.2%,

Montpelier RE Holdings

(

MRH

), down 3.1%,

CNinsure

(

CISG

), down 2.8% and

Third Point Reinsurance

(

TPRE

), down 2.4% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with

PartnerRe

(

PRE

) being today's insurance industry laggard.

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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