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Prudential Financial

(

PRU

) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Prudential Financial fell $2.02 (-2.3%) to $85.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,718,560 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,409,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $85.16-$88.00 after having opened the day at $87.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.20. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were:

Phoenix Companies

(

PNX

), down 6.0%,

Citizens

(

CIA

), down 4.8%,

United Fire Group

(

UFCS

), down 4.6% and

Meadowbrook Insurance Group

(

MIG

), down 4.5%.

Prudential Financial, Inc. provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $40.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Prudential Financial

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

Fidelity and Guaranty Life

(

FGL

), up 2.5%,

China Life Insurance Co Ltd ADR repr Class

(

LFC

), up 2.2% and

Tiptree Financial

(

TIPT

), up 1.5%.

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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