Berkshire Hathaway Inc

(

BRK.B

) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.3%. By the end of trading, Berkshire Hathaway Inc fell $1.64 (-2.2%) to $72.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.7 million shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.72-$73.91 after having opened the day at $73.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.36. Other company's within the Insurance industry that declined today were:

Crawford & Company

(

CRD.B

), down 9.1%,

Phoenix Companies Inc

(

PNX

), down 7.5%,

Donegal Group Inc

(

DGICA

), down 7.1%, and

Presidential Life

(

PLFE

), down 6.7%.

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 $79.32 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 15.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Berkshire Hathaway as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,

National Security Group

(

NSEC

), up 16%,

Life Partners Holdings Inc

(

LPHI

), up 8.1%,

Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc

(

AFFM

), up 3.6%, and

SeaBright Holdings Inc

(

SBX

), up 3.6%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with

MBIA Inc

(

MBI

) 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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