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Progressive Corporation



) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Progressive Corporation fell 28 cents (-1.2%) to $22.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8.7 million shares of Progressive Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.23-$22.68 after having opened the day at $22.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.58. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were:

MGIC Investment Corporation



), down 8%,

Triple-S Management Corporation



), down 7.1%,

Life Partners Holdings



), down 5.9%, and

Tower Group



), down 4.1%.

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The Progressive Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal and commercial automobile insurance, and other specialty property-casualty insurance products and related services primarily in the United States. Progressive Corporation has a market cap of $13.75 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 15.4 and equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Progressive Corporation a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Progressive Corporation as a


. 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, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

Stewart Information Services



), up 12.8%,

Crawford & Company



), up 12.7%,

Crawford & Company



), up 7.3%, and

Radian Group



), up 6.6%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with

Genworth Financial



) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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



) while those bearish on the insurance industry could consider

Proshares Short Financials




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