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Willis Group Holdings



) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Willis Group Holdings fell $0.69 (-1.5%) to $44.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 823,845 shares of Willis Group Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 710,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.26-$45.02 after having opened the day at $44.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.96. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were:

Crawford & Company



), down 2.8% and

Crawford & Company



), down 2.3%.

Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company provides a range of insurance brokerage, reinsurance, and risk management consulting services worldwide. Willis Group Holdings has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 34.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Willis Group Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Willis Group Holdings

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front,

Universal Insurance Holdings



), up 7.1%,

Phoenix Companies

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), up 5.7%,

Meadowbrook Insurance Group



), up 4.4% and

Radian Group



), up 3.4% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with

ING Groep N.V



) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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) while those bearish on the insurance industry could consider

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