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

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Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor rose $0.56 (1.6%) to $34.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,784,130 shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,325,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.21-$34.92 after having opened the day at $34.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.30. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Federated National ( FNHC), up 13.4%, ING US ( VOYA), up 4.4%, Maiden Holdings ( MHLD), up 3.4% and Hilltop Holdings ( HTH), up 3.3%.
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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 $9.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), down 6.0%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), down 4.2%, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 3.7% and Homeowners Choice ( HCI), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with Aflac ( AFL) 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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