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MetLife

(

MET

) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, MetLife rose $0.76 (1.4%) to $54.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,649,880 shares of MetLife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,674,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.46-$54.50 after having opened the day at $54.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.51. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were:

Atlas Financial Holdings

(

AFH

), up 3.6%,

Fidelity and Guaranty Life

(

FGL

), up 2.8%,

Kingstone Companies

(

KINS

), up 2.3% and

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings

(

BCRH

), up 2.1%.

MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. MetLife has a market cap of $60.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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

MetLife

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Universal Insurance Holdings

(

UVE

), down 4.1%,

FBL Financial Group

(

FFG

), down 2.6%,

eHealth

(

EHTH

), down 2.0% and

CoreLogic

(

CLGX

), down 1.9% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with

Genworth Financial

(

GNW

) being today's insurance industry laggard.

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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