Lincoln National Corp (Radnor PA) (LNC): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) 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, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor rose 53 cents (2.3%) to $23.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.59-$23.46 after having opened the day at $22.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.70. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: MBIA ( MBI), up 14.8%, Assured Guaranty ( AGO), up 7.6%, 21st Century Holding Company ( TCHC), up 5.2%, and AEGON ( AEG), up 4.6%.

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. It sells a range of wealth protection, accumulation, and retirement income products and solutions. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor has a market cap of $6.31 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, below the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 29.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National Corp (Radnor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 3.7%, Citizens ( CIA), down 2.9%, United Fire Group ( UFCS), down 2.8%, and Crawford & Company ( CRD.A), down 2.7%, were all laggards within the insurance industry with Torchmark Corporation ( TMK) 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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