Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

PartnerRe

(

PRE

) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, PartnerRe rose $1.12 (1.3%) to $88.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 868,061 shares of PartnerRe exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 626,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $87.21-$88.80 after having opened the day at $87.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.47. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were:

National Security Group

(

NSEC

), up 5.8%,

Atlantic American

(

AAME

), up 4.9%,

Federated National

(

FNHC

), up 3.8% and

Stewart Information Services

(

STC

), up 3.4%.

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PartnerRe Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides reinsurance services worldwide. PartnerRe has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate PartnerRe a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PartnerRe as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels 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,

eHealth

(

EHTH

), down 2.8%,

China Life Insurance

(

LFC

), down 2.5%,

Crawford & Company

(

CRD.A

), down 2.3% and

American Independence Corporation

(

AMIC

), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with

MBIA

(

MBI

) 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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