Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc

(

MMC

) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc fell 36 cents (-1.3%) to $28.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of four million shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.49-$29.01 after having opened the day at $28.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.90. Other company's within the Insurance industry that declined today were:

CNinsure Inc

(

CISG

), down 22.9%,

Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc

(

AFFM

), down 14.7%,

Donegal Group Inc

(

DGICA

), down 5.2%, and

MGIC Investment Corporation

(

MTG

), down 4.9%.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services company, provides advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital. It operates in two segments: Risk and Insurance Services, and Consulting. Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc has a market cap of $15.73 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, below the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 26.6 and equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marsh & McLennan Companies as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Atlantic American

(

AAME

), up 5.8%,

21st Century Holding Company

(

TCHC

), up 2.9%,

Crawford & Company

(

CRD.B

), up 2.5%, and

Mercury General Corporation

(

MCY

), up 2.3%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with

Fidelity National Financial Inc

(

FNF

) 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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