PartnerRe

(

PRE

) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.6%. By the end of trading, PartnerRe fell 35 cents (-0.5%) to $64.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 612,664 shares of PartnerRe exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 638,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.79-$65.80 after having opened the day at $65.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.57. Other company's within the Insurance industry that declined today were:

Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc

(

AFFM

), down 12.2%,

Life Partners Holdings Inc

(

LPHI

), down 4.4%,

21st Century Holding Company

(

TCHC

), down 2.1%, and

American Independence Corporation

(

AMIC

), down 1.5%.

PartnerRe Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides reinsurance services worldwide. PartnerRe has a market cap of $4.38 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. Shares are down 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PartnerRe as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, 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,

Phoenix Companies Inc

(

PNX

), up 14.1%,

Genworth Financial Inc

(

GNW

), up 12.6%,

ING Groep N.V

(

ING

), up 12.1%, and

MGIC Investment Corporation

(

MTG

), up 10.8%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with

MetLife Inc

(

MET

) 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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