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Everest Re Group



) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Everest Re Group fell $2.02 (-1.4%) to $146.73 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 642,061 shares of Everest Re Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 380,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $146.32-$149.87 after having opened the day at $148.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $148.75. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were:

United Insurance Holdings



), down 4.3%,

American National Insurance



), down 3.6%,

American Independence Corporation



), down 2.8% and

Employers Holdings



), down 2.5%.

Everest Re Group, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, underwrites reinsurance and insurance products. It operates in four segments: U.S. Reinsurance, Insurance, International, and Bermuda. The U.S. Everest Re Group has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Everest Re Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Everest Re Group

as a


. 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,




), up 4.4%,

HCI Group



), up 3.1%,

Kingsway Financial Services



), up 2.8% and

Assured Guaranty



), up 2.6% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with

Manulife Financial Corporation



) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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KBW Insurance ETF



) while those bearish on the insurance industry could consider

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