Genworth Financial Inc (GNW): Today's Featured Insurance Loser - TheStreet

Genworth Financial

(

GNW

) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Genworth Financial fell 3 cents (-0.6%) to $4.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.7 million shares of Genworth Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.91-$5.09 after having opened the day at $4.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.94.

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Genworth Financial, Inc., a financial security company, provides insurance, wealth management, investment, and financial solutions in the United States and internationally. Genworth Financial has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 28.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Genworth Financial a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genworth Financial as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Radian Group

(

RDN

), up 11%,

MGIC Investment Corporation

(

MTG

), up 6.8%,

Assured Guaranty

(

AGO

), up 5%, and

Crawford & Company

(

CRD.B

), up 4.7%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with

Travelers Companies

(

TRV

) 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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