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Berkshire Hathaway

(

BRK.B

) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Berkshire Hathaway rose $1.45 (1.3%) to $112.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,008,116 shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,874,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $111.76-$112.50 after having opened the day at $112.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.83. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were:

ING US

(

VOYA

), up 7.9%,

MGIC Investment Corporation

(

MTG

), up 7.1%,

Horace Mann Educators

(

HMN

), up 4.6% and

Homeowners Choice

(

HCI

), up 4.3%.

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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 has a market cap of $125.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Berkshire Hathaway

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

MBIA

(

MBI

), down 3.0%,

Universal Insurance Holdings

(

UVE

), down 2.6%,

First American Financial

(

FAF

), down 2.2% and

Erie Indemnity Company

(

ERIE

), down 2.0% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with

Axis Capital Holdings

(

AXS

) 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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