Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. Prudential Financial ( PRU) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Prudential Financial rose $1.37 (2.4%) to $59.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, five million shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.52-$59.71 after having opened the day at $58.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.23. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Phoenix Companies ( PNX), up 8.5%, American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), up 6%, MetLife ( MET), up 4.9%, and Hartford Financial Services Group ( HIG), up 4.5%.
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