Fidelity National Financial Inc

(

FNF

) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Fidelity National Financial Inc rose 11 cents (0.7%) to $15.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Fidelity National Financial Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.98-$15.16 after having opened the day at $14.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.98. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were:

Atlantic American

(

AAME

), up 5.8%,

21st Century Holding Company

(

TCHC

), up 2.9%,

Crawford & Company

(

CRD.B

), up 2.5%, and

Mercury General Corporation

(

MCY

), up 2.3%.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides title insurance, mortgage services, specialty insurance, and information services in the United States. Fidelity National Financial Inc has a market cap of $3.32 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Financial as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, 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,

CNinsure Inc

(

CISG

), down 22.9%,

Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc

(

AFFM

), down 14.7%,

Donegal Group Inc

(

DGICA

), down 5.2%, and

MGIC Investment Corporation

(

MTG

), down 4.9%, were all losers within the insurance industry with

Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc

(

MMC

) being today's insurance industry loser.

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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