Aflac Inc (AFL): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

Aflac ( AFL) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Aflac rose $0.94 (1.6%) to $58.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,734,246 shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,124,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.41-$58.32 after having opened the day at $57.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.26. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: National Security Group ( NSEC), up 6.8%, Radian Group ( RDN), up 5.3%, United Fire Group ( UFCS), up 5.2% and MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 4.5%.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. Aflac has a market cap of $26.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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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