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

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Genworth Financial ( GNW) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Genworth Financial fell 12 cents (-1.5%) to $8.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, seven million shares of Genworth Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.05-$8.28 after having opened the day at $8.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.23. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: Imperial Holdings ( IFT), down 7%, MBIA ( MBI), down 3.7%, Independence Holding Company ( IHC), down 2.7%, and Stewart Information Services ( STC), down 2.7%.
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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 $4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Genworth Financial a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six 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, revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Investors Title Company ( ITIC), up 4.2%, United Insurance Holdings ( UIHC), up 3%, Aviva ( AV), up 2.6%, and Phoenix Companies ( PNX), up 2.1%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with RenaissanceRe Holdings ( RNR) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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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