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ING Groep N.V

(

ING

) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, ING Groep N.V rose $0.15 (1.2%) to $12.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,904,227 shares of ING Groep N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,434,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.80-$12.95 after having opened the day at $12.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.78. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were:

Universal Insurance Holdings

(

UVE

), up 7.1%,

Phoenix Companies

(

PNX

), up 5.7%,

Meadowbrook Insurance Group

(

MIG

), up 4.4% and

Radian Group

(

RDN

), up 3.4%.

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 $49.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

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On the negative front,

Crawford & Company

(

CRD.B

), down 2.8% and

Crawford & Company

(

CRD.A

), down 2.3% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with

Willis Group Holdings

(

WSH

) being today's insurance industry laggard.

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KBW Insurance ETF

(

KIE

) while those bearish on the insurance industry could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).

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