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Fidelity National Financial

(

FNF

) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Fidelity National Financial rose $1.20 (4.0%) to $31.54 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,981,104 shares of Fidelity National Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,182,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.81-$31.65 after having opened the day at $29.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.34. Another company within the Insurance industry that increased today was

Symetra Financial Corporation

(

SYA

), up 4.1%.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. provides title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services in the United States. Fidelity National Financial has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Fidelity National Financial

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

United Fire Group

(

UFCS

), down 5.3%,

Employers Holdings

(

EIG

), down 4.2%,

Selective Insurance Group

(

SIGI

), down 3.7% and

National Interstate Corporation

(

NATL

), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with

MetLife

(

MET

) 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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