The

insurance

industry closed the day down 1.4%.

ING Groep N.V

(

ING

),

Donegal Group Inc

(

DGICA

),

Radian Group Inc

(

RDN

), and

21st Century Holding Company

(

TCHC

) were all decliners today within the insurance industry with

Berkshire Hathaway Inc

(

BRK.B

) being today's featured insurance loser. Berkshire Hathaway Inc fell $1.49 (-2%) to $71.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.7 million shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares.

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. Through its subsidiaries, the firm primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway Inc has a market cap of $75.5 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 13.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Berkshire Hathaway as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and deteriorating net income.

On the positive front,

CNinsure Inc

(

CISG

),

State Auto Financial

(

STFC

),

OneBeacon Insurance Group

(

OB

), and

Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc

(

AFFM

) were all gainers within the insurance industry with

Everest Re Group

(

RE

) 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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