Chubb Corp (CB): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

Chubb ( CB) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Chubb fell 37 cents (-0.5%) to $72.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 687,423 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.47-$73.41 after having opened the day at $73.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.88. Other company's within the Insurance industry that declined today were: American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), down 3%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), down 2.9%, MBIA ( MBI), down 2.6%, and Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), down 2.6%.

The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. It offers personal insurance products, such as automobile, homeowners, and other personal coverage products, as well as supplemental accident and health insurance products. Chubb has a market cap of $19.64 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 12.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chubb a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chubb as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 18.4%, United Fire Group ( UFCS), up 11.8%, Homeowners Choice ( HCII), up 8.8%, and Radian Group ( RDN), up 8.7%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with MetLife ( MET) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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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