Lincoln National Corp (Radnor PA) (LNC): Today's Featured Insurance Straggler

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Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) 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, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor fell 54 cents (-1.7%) to $30.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.04-$30.89 after having opened the day at $30.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.41. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: Aflac ( AFL), down 3.9%, Fortegra Financial ( FRF), down 3.5%, Citizens ( CIA), down 2.9%, and StanCorp Financial Group ( SFG), down 2.9%.
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Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. The company operates in Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance, and Group Protection segments. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor has a market cap of $8.65 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National Corp (Radnor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, PICO Holdings ( PICO), up 7.2%, EMC Insurance Group ( EMCI), up 5.3%, First American Financial ( FAF), up 3.5%, and United Fire Group ( UFCS), up 3.2%, were all gainers within the insurance industry with American International Group ( AIG) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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