Old Republic International (ORI): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

Old Republic International ( ORI) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Old Republic International rose 73 cents (8.3%) to $9.54 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of Old Republic International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.92-$9.69 after having opened the day at $9.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.81. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Radian Group ( RDN), up 9.2%, MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 5.5%, 21st Century Holding Company ( TCHC), up 4.7%, and ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 3.9%.

Old Republic International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in underwriting insurance products in the United States and Canada. Old Republic International has a market cap of $2.29 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Old Republic International a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Old Republic International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 8%, Presidential Life ( PLFE), down 5.7%, Triple-S Management Corporation ( GTS), down 5.5%, and Assurant ( AIZ), down 4.5%, were all losers within the insurance industry with Allstate ( ALL) being today's insurance industry loser.

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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