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

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Genworth Financial ( GNW) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Genworth Financial rose 20 cents (3.8%) to $5.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.8 million shares of Genworth Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.45-$5.67 after having opened the day at $5.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.44. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 11.8%, Radian Group ( RDN), up 7.2%, CNinsure ( CISG), up 6.1%, and ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 5.5%.

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 $2.54 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.5, below the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 9.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 21.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, National Security Group ( NSEC), down 3.5%, Investors Title Company ( ITIC), down 2.8%, and Alleghany Corp DEL ( Y), down 1.9%, were all laggards within the insurance industry with Cincinnati Financial Corporation ( CINF) 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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