Cincinnati Financial Corporation (CINF): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

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Cincinnati Financial Corporation ( CINF) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Cincinnati Financial Corporation fell $0.55 (-1.1%) to $47.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 738,944 shares of Cincinnati Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 659,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.34-$47.90 after having opened the day at $47.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.09. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: Erie Indemnity Company ( ERIE), down 4.3%, MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), down 4.2%, Baldwin & Lyons ( BWINA), down 3.9% and First American Financial ( FAF), down 3.5%.
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Cincinnati Financial Corporation engages in the property casualty insurance business in the United States. Cincinnati Financial Corporation has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Cincinnati Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cincinnati Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Triple-S Management Corporation ( GTS), down 5.7%, National Security Group ( NSEC), down 3.8%, Aegon ( AEG), down 3.2% and Primerica ( PRI), down 2.8% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with Aflac ( AFL) 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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