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 1.1%. By the end of trading, Fidelity National Financial fell $0.98 (-3.7%) to $25.37 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,623,205 shares of Fidelity National Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,961,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.10-$26.74 after having opened the day at $26.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.35. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: MBIA ( MBI), down 4.1%, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC), down 4.0%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 3.8% and American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), down 2.5%.
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Fidelity National Financial, Inc. provides title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services in the United States. Fidelity National Financial has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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, notable return on equity, 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, Imperial Holdings ( IFT), down 40.5%, Prudential Financial ( PRU), down 7.0%, Homeowners Choice ( HCI), down 4.6% and MetLife ( MET), down 4.1% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with American International Group ( AIG) 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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