Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Marsh & McLennan Companies rose 17 cents (0.5%) to $31.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.54-$31.98 after having opened the day at $31.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.65. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), up 11.2%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), up 5.3%, Phoenix Companies ( PNX), up 5.1%, and ACE ( ACE), up 4.5%.

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 has a market cap of $17.54 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 17.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Marsh & McLennan Companies a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

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, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Baldwin & Lyons ( BWINA), down 4.8%, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 4.5%, CoreLogic ( CLGX), down 4.5%, and Homeowners Choice ( HCII), down 4%, were all laggards within the insurance industry with Aflac ( AFL) being today's insurance industry laggard.

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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