American International Group Inc (AIG): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

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American International Group ( AIG) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, American International Group fell $2.52 (-7.2%) to $32.68 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 55.6 million shares of American International Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.63-$34.07 after having opened the day at $33.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.20. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: Independence Holding Company ( IHC), down 7.4%, Homeowners Choice ( HCI), down 4.8%, Homeowners Choice ( HCII), down 4.8%, and Arch Capital Group ( ACGL), down 4.6%.
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American International Group, Inc. engages in the provision of insurance products and services for the commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Chartis, SunAmerica Financial Group, and Aircraft Leasing. American International Group has a market cap of $56.94 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of three, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 50.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate American International Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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