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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Fidelity National Financial fell $0.33 (-1.3%) to $25.43 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,743,453 shares of Fidelity National Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,554,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.41-$25.88 after having opened the day at $25.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.76. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: Imperial Holdings ( IFT), down 2.6%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), down 2.6%, EMC Insurance Group ( EMCI), down 2.3% and Prudential ( PUK), down 2.1%.
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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 $5.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 10.9%, Federated National ( FNHC), down 6.0%, Citizens ( CIA), down 5.9% and Atlas Financial Holdings ( AFH), down 5.3% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with Radian Group ( RDN) 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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