MBIA Inc

(

MBI

) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.3%. By the end of trading, MBIA Inc rose 20 cents (2.8%) to $7.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of MBIA Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.13-$7.62 after having opened the day at $7.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.26. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were:

National Security Group

(

NSEC

), up 16%,

Life Partners Holdings Inc

(

LPHI

), up 8.1%,

Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc

(

AFFM

), up 3.6%, and

SeaBright Holdings Inc

(

SBX

), up 3.6%.

MBIA Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial guarantee insurance and related reinsurance, advisory, and portfolio services for the public and structured finance markets; and asset management advisory services in the United States and internationally. MBIA Inc has a market cap of $1.44 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. Shares are down 39.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates MBIA as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally weak debt management, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front,

Crawford & Company

(

CRD.B

), down 9.1%,

Phoenix Companies Inc

(

PNX

), down 7.5%,

Donegal Group Inc

(

DGICA

), down 7.1%, and

Presidential Life

(

PLFE

), down 6.7%, were all losers within the insurance industry with

Berkshire Hathaway Inc

(

BRK.B

) being today's insurance industry loser.

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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