Sun Life Financial Inc (SLF): Today's Featured Insurance Loser

Sun Life Financial ( SLF) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Sun Life Financial fell 27 cents (-1.2%) to $21.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 384,654 shares of Sun Life Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 701,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.41-$21.98 after having opened the day at $21.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.81. Other company's within the Insurance industry that declined today were: Old Republic International ( ORI), down 12.1%, Universal Insurance Holdings ( UVE), down 4%, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 3.6%, and AmTrust Financial Services ( AFSI), down 3.1%.

Sun Life Financial Inc., an international financial services organization, provides a range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has a market cap of $13.21 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Sun Life Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sun Life Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, 21st Century Holding Company ( TCHC), up 8.1%, National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), up 6.9%, Triple-S Management Corporation ( GTS), up 5.4%, and MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 4.9%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with MetLife ( MET) being today's featured insurance industry winner.

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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