) -- The ex-dividend date for

HCC Insurance Holdings



) is tomorrow, December 29, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $27.44 as of 12:50 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%.

The average volume for HCC has been 883,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. HCC has a market cap of $2.92 billion and is part of the


sector and


industry. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty, surety, group life, accident, and health insurance coverage, as well as related agency and reinsurance brokerage services to commercial customers and individuals worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 11.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates HCC 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 and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. You can view the full

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