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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Radian Group rose $0.13 (1.0%) to $13.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,166,921 shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,886,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.25-$13.48 after having opened the day at $12.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.27. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Fidelity National Financial ( FNF), up 5.7%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), up 5.2%, Federated National ( FNHC), up 4.7% and CoreLogic ( CLGX), up 3.7%.
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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 $2.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 117.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Radian Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 9.0%, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 4.3%, CNinsure ( CISG), down 3.5% and Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with XL Group ( XL) 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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