The insurance industry closed the day down 1%. CNinsure Inc ( CISG), Crawford & Company ( CRD.A), PMI Group Inc ( PMI), and Radian Group Inc ( RDN) were all winners today within the insurance industry with Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc ( MMC) being today's featured insurance winner. Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc rose 37 cents (1.3%) to $27.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services company, provides advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital. It operates in two segments: Risk and Insurance Services, and Consulting. Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 23.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marsh & McLennan Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), Hanover Insurance Group Inc ( THG), Genworth Financial Inc ( GNW), and Protective Life ( PL) were all losers within the insurance industry with Berkshire Hathaway Inc ( BRK.B) 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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