Fidelity National Financial Inc. (FNF): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Fidelity National Financial ( FNF) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Fidelity National Financial rose 21 cents (1.1%) to $19.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Fidelity National Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.70-$19.98 after having opened the day at $19.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.72. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), up 16%, Universal Insurance Holdings ( UVE), up 3.1%, Citizens ( CIA), up 2%, and Enstar Group ( ESGR), up 1.8%.
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Fidelity National Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services in the United States. Fidelity National Financial has a market cap of $4.46 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 9.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Federated National ( FNHC), down 4%, 21st Century Holding Company ( TCHC), down 4%, MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), down 3.6%, and Aviva ( AV), down 3.6%, were all laggards within the insurance industry with Aflac ( AFL) 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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