Chubb Corp (CB): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Chubb ( CB) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Chubb rose 85 cents (1.2%) to $73.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.64-$73.46 after having opened the day at $72.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.57. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 22.9%, Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), up 22.6%, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 17.6%, and Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 12.7%.

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 $19.65 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, 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 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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