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ING Groep N.V



) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, ING Groep N.V rose $0.15 (1.3%) to $11.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,105,255 shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,707,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.70-$11.85 after having opened the day at $11.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.63. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were:

Atlas Financial Holdings



), up 4.7%,

Atlantic American



), up 2.3%,




), up 1.9% and

First Acceptance Corporation



), up 1.7%.

ING Groep N.V., a financial services company, provides banking, investment, life insurance, and retirement services. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $42.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ING Groep N.V as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,




), down 6.3%,

Life Partners Holdings



), down 6.1%,

21st Century Holding Company



), down 4.2% and

Federated National



), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with

Radian Group



) being today's insurance industry laggard.

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