Radian Group Inc. (RDN): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Radian Group ( RDN) 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, Radian Group rose 13 cents (1.3%) to $10.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10.4 million shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.76-$10.46 after having opened the day at $9.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.04. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), up 6.3%, eHealth ( EHTH), up 5.8%, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), up 5.3%, and Federated National ( FNHC), up 4.7%.
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Radian Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a credit enhancement company in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Mortgage Insurance and Financial Guaranty. Radian Group has a market cap of $1.39 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 64% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Radian Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radian Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 6.4%, ING Groep N.V ( ING), down 4.7%, Prudential ( PUK), down 4.2%, and National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), down 3.8%, were all laggards within the insurance industry with MetLife ( MET) 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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