Unum Group (UNM): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

The insurance industry closed the day up 1.6%. PMI Group Inc ( PMI), MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), Radian Group Inc ( RDN), and Prudential ( PUK) were all winners today within the insurance industry with Unum Group ( UNM) being today's featured insurance winner. Unum Group rose 69 cents (3.2%) to $22.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Unum Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares.

Unum Group, together with its subsidiaries, provides group and individual disability insurance products primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. Unum Group has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.3, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Unum Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), Baldwin & Lyons Inc ( BWINA), Kansas City Life Insurance ( KCLI), and EMC Insurance Group ( EMCI) were all losers within the insurance industry with Assured Guaranty ( AGO) being today's insurance industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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