Genworth Financial Inc (GNW): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

Genworth Financial ( GNW) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Genworth Financial rose 6 cents (1.4%) to $4.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.7 million shares of Genworth Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.83-$5.02 after having opened the day at $4.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.83. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 3.1%, Phoenix Companies ( PNX), up 3.1%, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC), up 2.8%, and Willis Group Holdings ( WSH), up 2.3%.

Genworth Financial, Inc., a financial security company, provides insurance, wealth management, investment, and financial solutions in the United States and internationally. Genworth Financial has a market cap of $2.27 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.1, below the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 8.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 26.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Genworth Financial a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genworth Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 5.7%, Atlantic American ( AAME), down 5.6%, Imperial Holdings ( IFT), down 4.8%, and Baldwin & Lyons ( BWINA), down 4.3%, were all laggards within the insurance industry with Allstate ( ALL) 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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