The

insurance

industry closed the day up 1.7%.

eHealth Inc

(

EHTH

),

Kingsway Financial Services Inc

(

KFS

),

Radian Group Inc

(

RDN

), and

HCC Insurance Holdings Inc

(

HCC

) were all decliners today within the insurance industry with

PartnerRe

(

PRE

) being today's featured insurance loser. PartnerRe fell 37 cents (-0.6%) to $59.48 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of PartnerRe exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 630,500 shares.

PartnerRe Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides reinsurance services worldwide. PartnerRe has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. Shares are down 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PartnerRe as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

Genworth Financial Inc

(

GNW

),

CNO Financial Group Inc

(

CNO

),

Crawford & Company

(

CRD.B

), and

American Equity Investment Life Holding Com

(

AEL

) were all gainers within the insurance industry with

Berkshire Hathaway Inc

(

BRK.B

) 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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