The

insurance

industry closed the day down 0.7%.

Phoenix Companies Inc

(

PNX

),

Radian Group Inc

(

RDN

),

Citizens Inc

(

CIA

), and

Life Partners Holdings Inc

(

LPHI

) were all winners today within the insurance industry with

MetLife Inc

(

MET

) being today's featured insurance winner. MetLife Inc rose $1.15 (3.2%) to $36.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16 million shares of MetLife Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs primarily in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife Inc has a market cap of $34.7 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 15.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates MetLife as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Old Republic International Corporation

(

ORI

),

Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc

(

AFFM

),

ING Groep N.V

(

ING

), and

HCC Insurance Holdings Inc

(

HCC

) were all losers within the insurance industry with

Manulife Financial Corporation

(

MFC

) being today's insurance industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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