American International Group Inc (AIG): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

American International Group ( AIG) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2%. By the end of trading, American International Group rose 50 cents (1.6%) to $31.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 21.7 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.68-$31.43 after having opened the day at $31.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.84. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Citizens ( CIA), up 10.4%, AEGON ( AEG), up 9.4%, ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 8.7%, and Independence Holding Company ( IHC), up 8.2%.

American International Group, Inc. engages in the provision of insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Chartis, SunAmerica Financial Group, and Aircraft Leasing. American International Group has a market cap of $55.33 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.6, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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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