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Aspen Insurance Holdings

(

AHL

) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Aspen Insurance Holdings rose $0.53 (1.2%) to $46.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 521,967 shares of Aspen Insurance Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 592,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.62-$46.25 after having opened the day at $45.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.72. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were:

Kingsway Financial Services

(

KFS

), up 8.3%,

Triple-S Management

(

GTS

), up 3.6%,

Unico American

(

UNAM

), up 2.1% and

Endurance Specialty Holdings

(

ENH

), up 2.0%.

Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates in insurance and reinsurance businesses worldwide. Aspen Insurance Holdings has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Aspen Insurance Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Aspen Insurance Holdings

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Tiptree Financial

TheStreet Recommends

(

TIPT

), down 6.5%,

Hilltop Holdings

(

HTH

), down 5.8%,

eHealth

(

EHTH

), down 5.7% and

Crawford & Company

(

CRD.B

), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with

MetLife

(

MET

) 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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