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

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Fidelity National Financial ( FNF) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Fidelity National Financial fell 25 cents (-1%) to $24.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Fidelity National Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.63-$25.14 after having opened the day at $24.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.95. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: Unico American Corporation ( UNAM), down 6.8%, Fortegra Financial ( FRF), down 3.8%, National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), down 2.9%, and Federated National ( FNHC), down 2.9%.
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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 $5.74 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Genworth Financial ( GNW), up 6.7%, CNinsure ( CISG), up 5.9%, Radian Group ( RDN), up 5.9%, and MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 4.5%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with Loews Corporation ( L) 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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