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) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, MetLife fell $0.73 (-1.5%) to $49.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,025,180 shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,721,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.54-$49.69 after having opened the day at $48.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.78. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were:

United Fire Group



), down 5.3%,

Employers Holdings



), down 4.2%,

Selective Insurance Group



), down 3.7% and

National Interstate Corporation



), down 3.5%.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. MetLife has a market cap of $54.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate MetLife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates


as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Symetra Financial Corporation



), up 4.1% was a gainer within the insurance industry with

Fidelity National Financial



) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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KBW Insurance ETF



) while those bearish on the insurance industry could consider

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